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  • n. A small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wire or gut strings.


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From Portuguese cavaquinho ("cavaquinho"), from the diminutive of cavaco ("fragment of wood").


  • This unique style, as showcased in their October release "After the Carnaval," layers brazilian guitar, cavaquinho and cuica timbres (among others) over funky grooves to swaddle vocals that alternate between English to Portuguese.

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  • It is usually sung in Cape Verdean Creole and its instrumentation often includes cavaquinho a small guitar-like the ukulele, clarinet, accordion, violin, and guitar.

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  • The majority of the tunes are leisurely sambas, with instrumental backdrops that consist of little more than acoustic guitar, hand percussion, and sweet-toned four-stringed cavaquinho (and sometimes even less).

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  • Inicialmente composto por dois violões, uma flauta e um cavaquinho, o grupo começou adotando a polca-de-serenata, que trazia passagens modulantes em ritmo acelerado. - Articles related to Iran says conditions right for nuclear fuel deal

  • No começo, o choro possuía improvisações, em que os violões criavam o ambiente para a flauta solar eo cavaquinho fazia um papel intermediário entre eles. - Articles related to Iran says conditions right for nuclear fuel deal

  • On the recent Quebra-Queixo (Malandro), breezy licks played on the cavaquinho -- a tiny, high-pitched guitar -- intersect with jazzy saxophone solos over infectious syncopated rhythms for an overall sound something like tropical Dixieland.

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  • Banda de Música de Mateus (brass and woodwind ensemble), alongside many other surprises, such as the use of instruments like the theremin, cavaquinho and balalaika.


  • Jorge Marques (guitar and cavaquinho), Ana Sofia Campeã | news

  • New York Times piece suggested a resurgence of popularity for the tiny four-stringed guitar (a descendent of the Portuguese cavaquinho).

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  • Khabu Doug Young - baritone & tenor ukuleles, cavaquinho

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