Carinhoso by pixinguinha

  1. Jairo Ramos Parra
    Jairo Ramos Parra
    Carinhoso, by the great Pixinguinha, is perhaps one of the most famous slow choros. This is a humble version, as it has been performed by such great musicians!

  2. Gelsenbury
    I've never played any choro. This melody is new to me, but I don't think anyone else's version would be vastly superior to yours. The playing is flawless, and it all sounds very professional.
  3. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Sounds great Jairo! Do you have a link to the notation? I'd like to play this.
    Also how did you do the backing track? And can you post a photograph of your mandolin? I really like the tremolo.
    Thanks, it's nice to hear different genres of music here on SAW.
  4. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Lovely playing, Jairo. Your lead playing is so clear and clean and I like the backing you have added and the rhythm it creates.
  5. Jairo Ramos Parra
    Jairo Ramos Parra
    Simon, I always took it for granted that when I wrote "midi backing track" it was understood that it was not mine, that it was an existing midi circulating around the world. Big mistake, I am not such a complete musician, just recursive. No, the arrangements are not mine, I just remove some instruments, change the key many times, etc. A friend supplies them to me, he is a professor of wind instruments at a local university. Through the midi file it is possible to access the notation, but since they are for wind instruments it has to be changed and I am very lazy, so I learn almost everything by ear. Sure, I use sheet music many many times. If you want, I can give you the midi file.
    As for the mandolin, it is a pretty cheap Chinese mandolin. Unfortunately I cannot afford a better quality one. And as for the tremolo, it's not a big deal, I learned it when I was a teenager playing the Colombian Andean bandola, which is a local version of the Spanish bandurria, with three strings per course. The mandolin is not so cruel to the fingers.
    I remember something I read here in the cafe, "The companion story is the one about the evening a woman came up to Jascha Heifetz after a concert, gushing about how wonderful his Guarneri del Gesł had sounded. Heifetz held the violin case up to his ear: "Funny, I don't hear a thing."
    Sorry for such a long post!
  6. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    I’m sorry Jairo, I meant how do you do your backing track?
    I sometimes use the iPhone app iReal Pro and cut out everything except the bass line which is often from a jazz file rather than pop or folk because I find the basslines are more interesting. Then I send the backing track to BandLab, it’s an app for sharing music.
    [Bandlab incidentally, I'm going to use a lot less because I have been inundated with spam porno emails and lots of other bizarre, seemingly random distractions] .

    But anyway I use that app to mix and master the backing track with my octave mandolin track. Then download it back to my telephone as an MP4. Then it's ready to upload to YouTube.

    -and we are together on this one! My octave mandolin is a cheap Chinese (or rather Vietnamese) import too, but I love it! Of course I’d like to have an instrument that was made locally or by someone I know, or even half build it myself, but such is life.
  7. Frithjof
    Jairo, I like this choro and you played very well.

    Simon, there is a lot of sheet music in the web. And we find it in our edition of “Brasilian Choros” by Mike Marshall in the key of Fmaj.
  8. Jairo Ramos Parra
    Jairo Ramos Parra
    Simon, it's easy. To study the piece, I use the VanBasco Karaoke Player software, the best. You can slow down the midi, transpose it, mute the instrument that carries the melody and those that are not wanted.
    To record, if you agree with the key on the midi, you import it into Audacity and there you mute the instruments that you already know you don't need. You add a new stereo track, and the melody is recorded with the mandolin or your instrument. Then it is mixed, etc, and exported as mp3, the highest quality.
    If you decide to change the key in midi or speed, you cannot import it into Audacity. It is the most boring part. The Stereo Mix function must be activated in windows. Add a track in Audacity, play midi in Vanbasco, and record directly in Audacity. This track must be trimmed by the spaces left when recording directly. Then you add another stereo track and record your part.
    For music notation, Musescore is quite useful. You import the midi, deselect the unwanted instruments, leaving only the melody and voilą!
    If you need me to expand the explanation at some point, tell me.
    N.B .: I have made many attempts to re-record the modified midi for use in Audacity with different software, but I have seen that the quality of the original file is greatly lost.
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