Online Method – Brazilian Violin

Do you play violin, viola, rabeca, fiddle or cello and want to learn to play Brazilian popular music? Ricardo Herz’s course is online!

The course is already a sales success and is available at! The videos, PDFs and loops are hosted on this super practical platform and you can pay with credit card (up to 12 monthly installments) and PayPal.


The method is very cool, guys. It includes:

    • Video lessons that you can watch on your own time and at your own convenience, wherever and whenever you want!
    • PDFs with exercises and examples.
    • Study Loops
    • Access to a closed group on FB for answering questions.
    • Lives on FB!

Here there is a quick description of the lessons:

note: classes are released weekly, for didactic purposes. The most basic concepts are passed on in the first few weeks. I advise each person to move on to the next class only after they have mastered the concept of the previous one!. You can go back, pause, watch it all over again, as many times as you want, until you have mastered the subject!.

Lesson 1  – concept of the Brazilian groove, swing
Demonstration with loops, melodic exercises

Lesson 2 – accents and moving the bow without sound
Bow exercises with / without sound, accents in all subdivisions

Lesson 3 – fork (syncope), 4-1 accents and simple accompaniment for “choro”
How to unify the first two concepts to reach the “fork”. Several ways for playing the accents.

Lesson 4 – Baião, xaxado, côco…
Several baião grooves. Zabumba grooves, “bacalhau” and triangle grooves and bowings. How to interpret a melody using these concepts. How to improvise in these styles.

Lesson 5 – Imitating the Fiddle (Rabeca)
Some grooves, rhythms and articulations related to the “rabeca” fiddle. How to imitate the rabeca on the violin for playing forró and its derivatives.

Lesson 6 – Xote
How to start playing the xote on the violin. Where to imitate grooves. How to interpret a melody. How to apply the rhythms of the pandeiro, zabumba and triangle to string instruments.

Lesson 7 – Brazilian backbeat and the bow
How to approach the Brazilian backbeat on bowed instruments

Lesson 8 – Samba
Same concept, but for samba: samba “claves”, how to follow them. How to interpret and how to vary within the “claves.”

Lesson 9 – Keeping the groove while changing the bow and playing “legato”.

Lesson 10 – Frevo
Basic frevo clave. How to imitate wind instruments. How to imitate the snare with the bow.

Lesson 11 – Basic principles of improvisation with 2 chords using the baião.
Some simple cadences and how to start exploring voicings and arpeggios. Dorian mode for baião.

Lesson 12 – Basic principles of improvisation with 3 chords using samba
II-V-I cadences over the samba rhythm and how to think of improvisation in the style of samba.

Lesson 13 – Exploring 6/8
How to get started. Exploring 6/8

Lesson 14 – Improvising over xote
Resuming our lesson on Where are the claves? How to learn to use them while improvising. Comping and improvising over a more complex harmony.

Lesson 15 – Creating your own rhythms and exercises
How to apply this knowledge and create your own rhythms and exercises. New “claves,” new grooves.

1 – demonstration of how the rhythm is the most important thing
2 – more about the “rabeca” fiddle
NOTE: For methodological purposes, only lesson 1 and addendums will be released upon purchase. The following lessons will be released every 7 days.

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