The Cavaquinho is a stringed instrument, mostly used in folk music from Brazil, like Samba and Choro. There are a few details about the Cavaquinho that make the instrument unique in the world: its typical shape, the high frequency of the notes it produces, and many others.
The most interesting characteristic of this four-stringed instrument is that the Cavaquinho is the most representative stringed instrument of the culture of music in Brazil.
The Cavaco has a body shape with curves similar to a guitar and also uses metal strings. But curiously, only uses 4 strings like a Cuatro or a Ukulele. The traditional Cavaco is built with between 17 to 19 frets, which are enough to play traditional repertoires.
Moreover, some more sophisticated Cavaquinhos built by luthiers tend to have much longer fingerboards, even reaching the sound hole and therefore having more frets, adapting the contemporary musical diversity, and more solo music styles.
Here you will see a few pictures of a Cavaco that we have sold at our TuCuatro musical instrument store. It is a Rozini Cavaco, a brand that we would highly recommend if you’re in the pursue of purchasing an instrument for yourself.
Pictures shown are for a Cavaco Rozini Electroacoustic
There are several similarities between a Cavaquinho and a Guitar, the notable difference would be with respect to the size of frets.
The frets at the bottom of the fretboard of a Cavaco are unusually small and difficult to play. Thus, most of the Cavaquinho enthusiasts and beginners will only use the first 3 to 5 frets of the fretboard.
So not to worry, for in this course we will be making use only of the first frets until. You’ll learn how to play basic chords at our basic chords progression lesson, like the following ones:
A – E7 – D
You’ll be also learning some few basic strumming techniques and genres of the Brazilian music
If you would like to know more about the Cavaquinho, visit the Cavaquinho’s Wikipedia page is an excellent source of information.