Cavaquinho Classes

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Interested in learning the Cavaquinho?

The Shine School of Music offers one-on-one Online Cavaquinho Classes with a qualified and experienced Cavaquinho teacher.

Contact us for more information about our Cavaquinho classes.

The school provides quality Cavaquinho training for students of all ages and all levels in English, Spanish & Catalan.

Intensive Cavaquinho Courses and Extensive Cavaquinho Courses available in all Cavaquinho Styles:

– Classical Cavaquinho Lessons
– Latin Style Cavaquinho Lessons
– Folk (Acoustic) Cavaquinho Lessons
– Pop & Rock Cavaquinho Lessons

At the Shine School of Music the syllabus is hand-crafted based on each student’s needs, depending on the student’s level, age and the chosen style. Each student is an individual with distinct musical needs and preferences and and we recognise student’s individuality in all aspects of teaching.

All Cavaquinho Classes are private (one-on-one) and personalised within the syllabus of the chosen style to suit each individual student.

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The cavaquinho is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four metal or nylon strings. It is also called machimbo, machim, machete, manchete or marchete, braguinha or braguinho, or cavaco. It is a very important instrument in Brazilian music, especially for samba and choro. The samba cavaco is the connection between the rhythm and harmony sections, playing the rhythm comping. It is played with a pick, with sophisticated percussive strumming beats.

A cavaquinho player is called a cavaquista. One of the most important players and composers of the instrument’s Brazilian incarnation is Waldir Azevedo. Listen to the sounds of the cavaquinho below: