In this course we explore choro; one of Brazil’s most popular music genres.
We start by discussing the origins of choro in European popular music and African music, and how choro has developed and evolved over the last 150 years.
We explore how the Afro-Brazilian influence gave European polkas, mazurkas, waltzes, and schottisches a unique brand of syncopation.
The “Fork” Rhythmic Concept
In lesson 2 we study the “fork” rhythmic concept and how this can be played on the piano with either one or two hands.
We then introduce jazz harmony such as the 251 and 2516 progressions and apply the “fork” rhythmic concept in both major and minor keys.
2 Famous Choro Compositions
We finish this course with a study of 2 famous choro compositions:
- “Vou Vivendo” by Pixinguinha
- “Falando de Amor” by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jovino explains the form and harmony and we discuss how these tunes are approached from an improvisational standpoint.