Luthier Lineu Bravo and the art of building ‘cavaquinhos’

Guitar making is not Luthier Lineu Bravo’s only art. Another instrument that he makes with a lot of joy is the ‘cavaquinho’. The process is similar; however, it takes some special care because of the small pieces of the instrument. The luthier has to pay close attention to the details so that he can reach the perfect balance.

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The ‘cavaquinho’ has a special meaning to the luthier: “I really appreciate this instrument since it was the first one that I started playing when I was 10 and also the first one that I made when I was a teenager”, explains the luthier.

The construction of cavaquinho was a milestone in the luthier’s career, who asserts the importance of this experience: “The first instrument that I built was the cavaquinho. I used to play it so I ended up building other cavaquinhos. I used to make it as a hobby, and that’s how I got familiar with this art.”

For the luthier, building cavaquinhos was a big learning: “The cavaquinho is smaller and has a smaller speaker sound, so it demands much more attention to reach the balance and the perfection I need. You have to be much more careful when building cavaquinhos, that’s why it is easier to make bigger instruments”, explains Lineu.

Lineu Bravo admits how hard it is to obtain the perfect tuning on an instrument like this: “The cavaquinho is much more delicate, so it is harder to build it with a perfect tuning.”

When you master the art of making cavaquinhos, you master the art of building all the others: “When I found out the secret of how to have the perfect tuning on the cavaquinho, it became easier to build other instruments”.

About Lineu Bravo

Lineu Bravo is an autodidact luthier and fond of good music. From an early age he developed intimacy with wood at his father workshop. He built his first instrument when he was 14. Since then, his guitars, ‘cavacos’, mandolins and ‘violas’ have been purchased by respected musicians. Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Zélia Duncan, Marco Pereira, João Bosco, Yamandú Costa, Chico Buarque, Ulisses Rocha, Hamilton de Holanda, Ângela Muner, Rogério Caetano, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, João Lyra, Maurício Marques, Edson Lopes, Alessandro Penezzi, Juarez Moreira, Fernando César, Jayme Vignoli, Flávio Apro, Giacomo Bartoloni, Swami Jr, Rosa Passos, Ana Carolina, Zé Paulo Becker, and Douglas Lora are some of them.

Henry Burnett and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Musician, singer and composer, from Belém, purchased, in July, an instrument made by luthier Lineu Bravo

Lineu Bravo luthier delivers the order to his newest client, the musician Henry Burnett

Lineu Bravo luthier delivers the order to his newest client, the musician Henry Burnett

Lineu Bravo was chosen to make Henry Burnett’s new instrument; a singer, composer and teacher from Belém, city in Brazil.

Henry, who plays Brazilian Popular Music and works for Mudiando Music Label, is graduated in Philosophy. He also teaches at University.

In his career, he has already recorded in partnership with the singer Florencia Bernales and with the poets Edson Coelho, Paulo Vieira and Julio Luchesi. He has performed all over Brazil and also in Buenos Aires and Berlin. His new album is called “Belém Incidental” and it was launched in 2017.

Burnett has also made a lot of poems into music written by many authors, such as: Friedrich Nietzsche, Fernando Pessoa and Hilda Hilst.

Apart from his work as a singer and composer, Henry Burnett is a Philosophy teacher at UNIFESP, where he develops research projects about music and popular songs. He has published a lot of articles about masterpieces written by Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno and Mário de Andrade. He is also the author of 3 books.

Henry Burnett and the Lineu Bravo guitar

Henry Burnett has recently purchased a guitar made by the luthier Lineu Bravo. The instrument is a 6-string nylon guitar with a Canadian cedar top, Indian Jacaranda Back and ebony elevated fingerboard.

Henry describes how he learned about Lineu: “I decided to choose Lineu after many years of research. I wanted to try a guitar made by a luthier, so I started reading the book “Violões do Brasil”, written by Myriam Taubkin. At the end of the book there is a very long list with luthier’s names. So, I started to look for sound references and guitarrists’ ratings. Then I saw a video of Guinga playing Lineu’s guitar. After that, I heard the story about Chico Buarque and his guitar, Arthur Nestrovski, Marco Pereira, and so many others. The more I heard, the more I knew that Lineu’s guitar had the most suitable sound for my work because it was classic and extremely Brazilian”.

About Lineu Bravo

Lineu Bravo is an autodidact luthier and fond of good music. From an early age he developed intimacy with wood at his father workshop. He built his first instrument when he was 14. Since then, his guitars, ‘cavacos’, mandolins and ‘violas’ have been purchased by respected musicians. Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Marco Pereira, João Bosco, Yamandú Costa, Chico Buarque, Ulisses Rocha, Hamilton de Holanda, Ângela Muner, Rogério Caetano, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, João Lyra, Maurício Marques, Edson Lopes, Alessandro Penezzi, Juarez Moreira, Fernando César, Jayme Vignoli, Flávio Apro, Giacomo Bartoloni, Swami Jr, Rosa Passos, Ana Carolina, Zé Paulo Becker, and Douglas Lora are some of them.

- Henry Burnett Facebook Page

- Henry Burnett Instagram

- Henry Burnett Youtube Channel

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The musician, who is releasing a new album named ‘O Alvorecer’ in partnership with Sai Conde, also left a testimonial about Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Playing a Lineu Bravo guitar, the musician Guilherme Lamas is releasing, this year, his new album named “O Alvorecer”, in honor of the Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth. Guilherme, since 2015, has been playing in a duo with the Colombian Sai Conde, who plays a mandolin made by the luthier Diego Valencia.

They started playing together when Guilherme and Sai Conde met each other in Barão Geraldo, near Unicamp (University of Campinas), where both do a master’s degree.

Sai Conde and Guilherme Lamas, with his Lineu Bravo guitar

Sai Conde and Guilherme Lamas, with his Lineu Bravo guitar

In this new album, the mandolin is the soloist and the 7-string steel guitar made by Lineu Bravo plays the support and also the melodies of the lowest-sounding timbres of the instrument.

The musicians are performing the release show in a different way, playing unknown music. The idea is to play the material that has been studied at the university. For this reason, Guilherme is playing his Lineu Bravo guitar all over Brazil.

– 19/05: Espaço Cultural Dodecafônico, Jundiaí-SP, 20h

– 21/05: Conservatório Pro Música, Campinas-SP, 17h

– 25/05: Clube Hípica, Centro Cultural Senzala, 21h

– 26/05: Adunicamp Unicamp, Campinas-SP, 20h

– 03/06: Teatro do Sesc Campinas-SP, 16h30

– 10/06: Projeto Pontes Musicais, Campinas- SP, 11h

– 10/06: Espaço 91 SP, São Paulo-SP, 20h

 Guilherme Lamas and his Lineu Bravo guitar

Guilherme Lamas, musician and researcher at University of Campinas, plays a 7-string steel Lineu Bravo Guitar Rogério Caetano model that he purchased in 2016.

The musician got to know some nylon Lineu Bravo guitars in 2005, when he studied at Tatuí Conservatorium. Back then, he played some renowned artists instruments: Rafael Thomaz, Alessandro Penezzi, Maurício Carrilho, Paulo Aragão.

Guilherme found everything he was looking for: “In 2010, I started studying more the 7-string steel guitar and I was looking for the perfect instrument for me regarding timbre, volume, stability, playability and tuning. Lineu Bravo guitar had everything that I wanted since I like to play at the highest-sounding timbres.”

Take a look at the testimonial Guilherme left about luthier Lineu Bravo instrument: “The 7-string steel Lineu Bravo guitar is a masterpiece, I am very happy to have it in my everyday life. When I picked up my guitar at his workshop and played it for the first time, I was already very impressed by the instrument: timbre, volume, stability, playability, tuning…It is an instrument that can be used to play not only at the lowest-sounding timbres but also at the highest. I really want to say that Lineu Bravo work is absolutely trustworthy. Congratulations and thank you very much.”

About Lineu Bravo

Lineu Bravo is an autodidact luthier and fond of good music. From an early age he developed intimacy with wood at his father workshop. He built his first instrument when he was 14. Since then, his guitars, ‘cavacos’, mandolins and ‘violas’ have been purchased by respected musicians. Guinga, Marcus Tardelli, Marco Pereira, João Bosco, Yamandú Costa, Chico Buarque, Ulisses Rocha, Hamilton de Holanda, Ângela Muner, Rogério Caetano, Maurício Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, João Lyra, Maurício Marques, Edson Lopes, Alessandro Penezzi, Juarez Moreira, Fernando César, Jayme Vignoli, Flávio Apro, Giacomo Bartoloni, Swami Jr, Rosa Passos, Ana Carolina, Zé Paulo Becker, and Douglas Lora are some of them.

- Guilherme Lamas Oficial Website 

 – Guilherme Lamas Facebook Page 

 – Guilherme Lamas Youtube channel 

- Lineu Bravo Luthier Facebook Page