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    Default Choro listening recommendations

    Iím loving the choro Ian Coury played on todays mandolin mondays, looking for some recommendations for similar mando stuff to listen to.

    I have the Mike Marshall and Hamilton de Holanda album New Worlds and Mikeís Brazil Duets but would like to expand my horizons in Choro.

    Any recommendations welcome! Specifically is there a Hamilton de Holanda album to start with? What other artists should I be looking into? What songs are a good starting place for playing? I am aware of Mike Marshalls book but I am having a hard time even learning the few songs I got from a workshop I attended of his, the music just isnít in my head yet.

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    I really like Craig Einhorrn's Choro album in general - not mandolin focused, but a good run of standard tunes IMO https://www.deezer.com/en/track/9700022
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    Dan,

    Over at David Grisman's Acoustic Disc he has a great choro album by Jacob do Bandolim:

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    Real good authentic mandolin centered choro. Enjoy!
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    Oooooooh. Major rabbit hole here! I took an intro workshop from Mike Marshall and saw the appeal, but it was going to require way more time than I wanted to invest in it. We're talking lots of dotted notes and accidentals, and I'm a really slow reader. So, I enjoy listening to the music a lot, but I'll leave it to others to recommend the best pieces to learn when you're starting out.

    For listening, my favorite albums are:

    Hamilton de Holanda, 01 Byte 10 Cordas
    Dudu Maia, (self-titled)
    Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, (self-titled)

    You should also check out Choro Das 3 and Danilo Brito, but I don't know their albums enough to recommend one.

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    I really like choro and all kinds of Brazilian and other Latin American and Caribbean forms (the reason I play accordion - this and professor longhair's rumba boogie - the "Spanish tinge")

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    This is awesome like everything Choro Das 3 does but the mix is very treble heavy.
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    And here's a remarkable chance to see a master at work. Show starts about 1 minute in. One of my all time favorite musicians.

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    Well, there is a vast repertoire of bandolim (Brazilian mandolin) out there. I started taking lessons from Elisa Meyer Ferriera and it has opened my ears to choro and the amazing technique that is part of this style. Elisa is a superb teacher and I am learning things that I just could not learn on my own. I suggest anything by Choro Das 3.

    https://youtu.be/XJ3-prldzww
    Here is a nice interview with Elisa: https://youtu.be/gqZPM3jTgLo

    Here is a popular choro N„o Me Toques composed by Zequinha De Abreu (he's also the composer of Tico Tico) played by Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg: https://youtu.be/8Pw26nmGgG8 and by Jacob do Bandolim who created the original mandolin arrangement: https://youtu.be/LPVGOK7uw1M

    I also highly recommend listening to Danilo Brito. He is brilliant on the 8-string.
    One reason I especially like being a student of Elisa is that she speaks excellent English and has also been teaching me about the history of choro and Brazilian bandolim. I feel like I have an inside knowledge learning directly from the real deal, a ring-side seat so to speak.

    Did you know that Jacob do Bandolim actually invented this instrument? He had a luthier model it after the Portuguese guitar so that it would project more than the old European mandolins that are prominent in classical repertoire. This is what gives the distinct sound to Brazilian mandolin.
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    Hamilton released a fine album of all Jacob choros, with a mix of other instruments joining him. He uses a 10-string mandolin made for Jacob, which is a sweeter tone than his Ribiero, to my ears.

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    I discovered choro through Mike Marshall's ArtistWorks site about two years ago. At first I did not have much interest, but I decided to try a tune one day and it grew on me. The tunes I have attempted to tackle so far are: Nao Me Toques, Tico Tico, Doce de Coco and Cochichando.
    Mike's book is great. It was a struggle for me because up to that point I had done very little reading of notation but working through some of these tunes definitely strengthened my skills there as well.
    The hardest part for me coming into it out of the blue is just getting used to the rhythm syncopations. Reading those in the music and executing them well is tough for sure, but very educational.
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    Dudu Maia writes choros, and his "Simples Assim" is fine work from his trio. But he released a music-minus-one collection of Jacob choros, both performed by him and with mandolin absent. "Viva Jacob do Bandolim" covers ten favorites, from Assanhado to Noites Cariocas. The "play-along" are the ones with mandolin absent.
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    I’ve dabbled in Choro a little, not as well versed as many here. Just consider me a dilettante. My token Choro album is “Luz Das Cordas” by Hamilton Holanda & Marcos Pereira. I like it.
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    Don't neglect looking for Pedro Amorim performances on CD and YouTube:

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    I’ve been deep in the rabbit hole for a couple of years now. These are the tunes I would recommend for anyone new to Choro.

    Benzinho
    Nao me Toques
    Recieta de Samba
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    I am just a dabbler too.

    Somehow I became aware of choro in the late 90s.

    A colleague was working in Brazil at the time and I got him to obtain the O Melhor do Choro Brasileiro books for me.

    By buying CDs, or searching for and downloading audio versions of my favourite tunes in those books over the years, I see my music library has many tracks by:
    Jacob do Bandolim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris W. View Post
    I’ve been deep in the rabbit hole for a couple of years now. These are the tunes I would recommend for anyone new to Choro.

    Benzinho
    Nao me Toques
    Recieta de Samba
    Santa Morena
    Doce de Coco
    Thanks for that list.
    I only know Nao me Toques from it.

    It may be cliche but learning Tico Tico na Fuba was a gateway drug for me, and I still love to play it and Na Gloria.
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    For those readers out there a very comprehensive 3 volume collection by Almir Chediak called simply Choro. It includes a base clef rendition of lots of the 7 string guitar parts as well. Lots and lots of choro!

    Here's a link to book one,
    https://www.amazon.com/Songbook-Chor.../dp/8574072583

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    Another favorite of mine is Marco Ruviaro, a Brazilian player currently living in Italy. He's equally incredible on mandolin and 7-string guitar. Here he is on 7-string guitar with Vitor Casagrande on mandolin and Barbara Piperno on flute playing a lesser-known Jacob do Bandolim tune (lesser-known to me at any rate).

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    Dan-
    Be aware that trying to learn choro from one or two Mike Marshall workshops is like trying to drink form a firehose, there is so much to it. One thing Mike has really stressed in his video feedback in his artistworks courses is with choro, you should never deviate too far from the melody, roughly speaking. In a Roda de choro, you won't be playing a Hamilton version of a choro standard.

    If you want to get the feel and the songs of choro in your head, you can't go wrong with Vol 1 and 2 of the Jacob recordings off Dawg's Acoustic Disc. Then order Tacondo com Jacob book with CD (can get at Elderly), being able to play along with Jacob's band is priceless. I'd also suggest getting Dudu Maia's Viva Jacob do Bandolim. Sticking with choro and samba/choro rhythms can help you keep your sanity in the beginning. Chris' list of choro tunes is a great start, Benzinho just flows off the strings, Receita de Samba and Santa Morena take you into different rhythms, and standards like Nao me Toques, Assanhado, and Noites Cariocas are just great tunes to have handy in a roda.

    Dudu in my opinion is the best at simultaneously remaining true to the melody, yet fully owning the tune when he plays. You will do yourself a favor picking up his recordings.
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    Here's a pretty good version of Assanhdo I came across. Don't understand "who" it is but he's a badass.

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    It's Armandinho.

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