The Brazilian Guitar Book




by Nelson Faria, one of Brazil’s best new guitarists

  • A complete guide to playing guitar accompaniment and chord melodies in various Brazilian styles — Samba, Bossa Nova, Frevo, etc.
  • Comes with a CD of Nelson demonstrating each exercise, plus a tune in each style.
  • Many variations of basic comping patterns written out, each with complete chord voicings.
  • Also includes short transcriptions of guitar parts as recorded by Toninho Horta, Joao Bosco, Joao Gilberto, etc.

Leny Andrade – “When I think about Brasil, I think about “Violao” (that’s what we call the nylon string guitar in our country). The art of playing “Violao” looks simple, but it isn’t and this book shows how to assimilate and how to understand this art. This makes me feel happy. With talent and clear information, Nelson will help guitar players all around the world to enjoy all the pleasures of this wonderful instrument. — Make good use of this excellent musical book!”

Toninho Horta – “Nelson Faria was the right person to write this book, which contains examples and transcriptions of Brazil’s greatest guitarists. This talented musician and dedicated music professor has a deep knowledge of Brazilian music and its rhythmic, melodic and harmonic subtleties.”

Joe Diorio – “Nelson Faria’s book is a welcome addition to the guitar literature. I’m sure those who work with this volume will benefit greatly.”

Nelson’s CD “Ioio” (containing complete versions of his original compositions found in this book) is available from Sher Music Co., P.O. Box 445, Petaluma, CA 94953. The price is $16 including surface mail costs. In USA, add $3 for speedier UPS delivery. Overseas, please add $10 if you want it sent via airmail.