The luthier Lineu Bravo has been on the Workshop “7-String, technique and style”, that took place at the Eco Sound Studios, Rio de Janeiro. Rogério Caetano e Marco Pereira, acclaimed musicians and clients of the luthier, have delivered the event with mastery and Lineu was at disposal to talk about lutherie, the art of instrument construction.
The event attended all the interested in 7-string guitar language, even the ones who don’t play the instrument.
“7-String, technique and style”, the book
The workshop was based on the book “7-String, technique and style”, written by Rogério Caetano in 2010 in partnership with Marco Pereira. The work is a method that approaches in details all the 7-string guitar technique mainly in “choro” and “samba”, Brazilian typical music styles. Rogério Caetano method is very helpful for those who want to learn how to play a 7-string guitar.
The book approaches all the 7-string guitar mechanics, as well as detailed explanations about scales, movements and cadences. It contains an introduction of schematic and classic models, exercises, and, also, a CD with recorded examples.
The 7-string guitar language
The method described in the book was idealized according to Rogério Caetano and Marco Pereira’s vision of guitar practices, and was the main theme of the workshop.
The musicians, apart from contemplating the legacy left by the masters who have left their mark on the 7-string guitar history in Brazil, have also presented the way the new generation of musicians honors the masters and have them as artistic references. The appropriation of the historical legacy ends up transforming the language of this instrument, since there is a dialogue between the history and the present.
Do you know how a luthier works? The construction of instruments is an art that demands time, talent and dedication. A single handmade instrument takes months to be built and, during this process, the art is born.
In the workshop, the luthier uses many tools to fit each component in its place, each string, each part of the guitar, cavaco or, maybe, mandolin.
There are molds, in different sizes and forms, for each instrument, that, after a long time of work, become artisanal music instruments: cavaquinho, mandolin, nylon guitar, tenor guitar, 7-string-steel guitar.
Some pieces are so delicate that, in order to be fit and shaped with precision, it is necessary to use a magnifying glass. The nut (little piece of bone made out of the shin of the ox) that holds the strings of the instrument, is one of them.
Another frequently used tool in the workshop is the clamp. There are a lot of sizes of clamps and they are helpful to fix the parts of the music instruments.
The handmade construction of instruments, as we see, is an art, and the artist, the luthier, molds, creates, invents and reinvents.
Another talented international artist disseminates Brazilian music through a Lineu Bravo Guitar! We are talking about Julian Scheffer, an Australian musician that, with Paul Carey, compose contemporary Brazilian music in Australia.
Paul and Julian are completely in love with the Brazilian music and they have spent some time in Brazil studying and playing, specially “Choro”, which makes this partnership come up with a very interesting sound: Brazilian music from the perspective of two Australian artists. This typically Brazilian music style, which is played by them, has a very famous artist in Brazil as a patron: Pixinguinha, and it demands a lot of the artist skills on the instrument, apart from a very good perception of codes that will generate great improvisation.
Their first musical meeting was in 2010, in Rio de Janeiro. There, they devised the project and developed a great friendship. Since then, the project came to life and has been consolidated. So, in 2012, they finally got to record their first CD, in Melbourne, Australia.
Julian and the Lineu Bravo Guitar
During his stay in Brazil, Julian met Lineu’s work and promptly decided to order his 7-steel string guitar. And, once again, Brazilian music has been disseminated through a Lineu Bravo Guitar!