Luthier Lineu Bravo’s Tips to preserve your musical instrument and accessories

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If you are a professional musician, you must know all the advantages of playing a well preserved musical instrument.

No matter what your field is, the instrument requires a lot of attention concerning not only tuning but also cleaning, transportation and partition.

Check out some tips to preserve your instrument and accessories

Musical Instrument Case

Never forget to keep it in its case (padded or velvety). Strings, for example, are extremely sensitive to climate variation and humidity, which can make them go rusty or untune them.

Luthier Lineu Bravo warns for the importance of the upkeep of the case in humid places: “Important tip for you! If you live in a humid place, at least once a month, you must leave your instrument case open in the sun for about 15 minutes, so that it doesn’t get moldy”.

Transport

A musician must watch out for the transportation of their instrument. Apart from the case, it is important to transport them in safe places.

When travelling by plane, guitars must be transported as a carry-on luggage.

Cleaning

Cleaning is a very delicate process. The product must be a proper one.

For string Instruments, you can use dry flannels to clean the wood and the strings to eliminate dust.

Guitars must be kept on a tripod holder. It is not recommend to leant it against the wall, because it may slide and fall down.

Maximillian Rudd, Lineu Bravo’s Australian client, orders second guitar

Video recently published by Max overwhelmed luthier Lineu Bravo

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The musician Maximillian Rudd, Lineu Bravo’s Australian client, studies Brazilian music and he is graduated at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Max liked his 7-string guitar that was made for him so much that he decided to order the second one, just like the other: with Indian Jacaranda Cedar. Now, he has one for tours and another one for recordings!

About Maximillian Rudd

Brazilian seven-string guitar virtuoso and vocalist Maximillian Rudd delivers a dynamic show of original music based on his eclectic array of Brazilian, blues and roots influences.

Maximillian Rudd is a young Aussie guitarist at the forefront of an international Brazilian guitar explosion. Alongside his Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is hard at the coalface, experimenting with the unlikely fusion of Latin American, jazz, blues and roots influences.

An accomplished guitarist with formal training in classical and jazz at the prestigious Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Maximillian has extensively pursued the music of Brazil both in Australia and in South America. Maximillian’s sound is uniquely his own, arising from his eclectic musical journey, beginning the guitar at the age of seven and intensely developing his craft ever since. Maximillian’s edge resides in his undisputed instrumental ability, which has become the trademark of his live set.

Maximillian has played at some of Victoria’s premier music festivals, such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and St Kilda Festival.

Debut album Maximillian released in 2017

Playing a Brazilian seven-string guitar, Maximillian is undeniably a student of the ‘violão brasileiro,’ the great tradition of Brazilian guitar, taking his place as a burgeoning outsider amongst a lineage of Brazilian guitarists and musical innovators, from Baden Powell, to Raphael Rabello and beyond.

As an instrumentalist and occasional vocalist, Maximillian’s performance engages with seasoned ears, hinting at the ‘this and that’ of modern guitar culture, sewing it all together with the subtle creativity of an eclectic musical upbringing. The album draws together the ever-colliding worlds of the Americas, from New Orleans southward bound, rendering it a series of portraits within which listeners can glimpse the nuances of music’s global mobility in the modern era of mass media, from the personal perspective of a young Australian artist.

 

Maximillian Rudd and Lineu Bravo guitar

Maximillian Rudd ordered this first 7-string Lineu Bravo guitar with Indian Jacaranda in 2011. He liked it so much that, in 2018, he decided to order the second one with the same setting. Now, the musician has one for tours and another one for recordings!

 

Algerian musician Karim Tariket plays ‘mandole’ built by luthier Lineu Bravo

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Luthier Lineu Bravo built for the Algerian musician Karim Tariket a ‘mandole’, also known as ‘Algerian bandola’, with Canadian cedar top, Indian Jacaranda Back and ebony elevated fingerboard.

Karim reported how he got to know about Lineu’s job: “I brought to Brazil a ‘mandole’ from Algeria, however there was a problem with the fretboard. Then I started looking for a luthier on the internet and I found Lineu’s number. So I called him! Ever since he told me he didn’t do maintenance, I asked him if he could do a new one for me. I sent him pictures of my ‘mandole’. Lineu said he could and he did! I’ve seen some videos of him on Youtube and I really liked it.” The Algerian musician talked a little bit about his instrument: ‘The ‘mandole’ is a traditional instrument in Algeria. It has been widely used to play ‘chaabi’, the Popular Music from Algeria. Nowadays it is also used to play a lot of music genres.”

Karim used to play chaabi in the beginning of his career: “I’ve already played a mix of music genres in a group. Nowadays I am preparing a new album with my friend Rangel Cruz.”

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.

Learn more about Julio Lemos’ career, Lineu Bravo client

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The musician Julio Lemos is guitarist, arranger, and music teacher at UFG. He purchased his guitar in 2013, a 7-nylon string guitar with cedar top and elevated fingerboard. He got to know about Lineu Bravo through Rogério Caetano and Marco Pereira, Lineu’s clients.

Julio left a testimonial about his 7-string guitar made by the luthier: “The guitar that I play, made by Lineu, is a 7-nylon string guitar, with elevated fingerboard and cedar top. It is an instrument that has great quality in so many aspects. Talking about the timbre, the guitar has the ideal sonority to play Brazilian music because it brings about the timbre of guitars played by Rafael Rabelo, Baden Powell and Marco Pereira. It has a high sound intensity, which makes the right hand play more easily since we do not need to use a lot of strength to make a sound. The guitar has good mechanics which makes the technical part on the elevated fingerboard easier. I can see that the strings are very close to the fretboard and it makes the left hand’s playability easier. It works perfectly at solo performances and duo. Nowadays I use the “Carlos Juan” sensor, made in Germany and installed by Paulo Belinati that translates pretty well the original timbre of the acoustic guitar.”

Julio Lemos career

Julio Cesar Moreira Lemos, began his musical studies at the age of thirteen. Graduated in music at Veiga Valle school.
He has also been a music teacher since 2003.

He has already performed all over Brazil and also in Portugal, Spain, and Germany. He plays Brazilian Popular Music by great composers, such as Villa Lobos, Radamez Ganattali, Garoto, Guinga, Badem Powel, Asttor Piazzola and Marco Pereira.

The musician plays a lot of music genres, such as Samba, Choro and Bossa-Nova, playing along with singers and soloists.

He is a member of an instrumental group called “Brasil in Trio” composed by Everton Luiz and Diego Amaral. They play Choro Baião, Maracatu, Samba and Bossa Nova.

Julio Lemos is also a composer and arranger.

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.