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    I am interested in learning to play choro, and wondering where to start. What are the top 10 or 12 choro to learn? I will be registering for the choro week at the 2019 Centrum in Port Townsend, WA, but would like to have a few under my fingers before that. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Here is the list I have come up with so far:
    1) Tico Tico no Fuba
    2) Odeon
    3) Um a Zero
    4) Lamentos
    5) Brezeiro
    6) Carinhoso
    7) Noitas Cariocas
    Any further suggestions? Also I should mention that I have Marilyn Mair's book, Mike Marshall's book, and the Jacob do Bandolim's book/cd play along book, as well as Volume 1 of the White book. I'm just looking for advice about where to focus my initial attempts to learn the style and techniques. Also, I am listening (all the time) to as many choro as I can fit in during the day.

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    Santa Morena, Doce de Coco, perhaps Benzinho. Oh, and Recieta de Samba. Some of your choices are pretty tough to play, I assume you have experience on the mandolin. If not, start with a more simple tune that will teach you some of the patterns you will see all over this music. For me, that was Doce, Recieta and Benzinho.
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    choro book vol 1

    book 2

    These have many great choros.

    Some of my favorites:

    Quote Originally Posted by James Todd View Post

    3) Um a Zero
    4) Lamentos

    Jacob do Bandolim
    Ah Cavaquinho


    Cavaquinho Sesteiro


    Os 8 Batutos


    Naquele tempo

    Segura Ele

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    Thank you Gary, excellent suggestions. I am fairly competent with the mandolin, although I have been away from it for a few years. I have been studying classical and jazz guitar for awhile now but am enjoying the process of re-acquainting myself with mando, and am also learning to play choro on the guitar.
    I will add those to the list!

    David, what great resources! Thank you very much!

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    Good suggestions from everyone! A few days ago I found myself on the same island with some old friends I used to play choros with in Vancouver, plus a terrific Cuban percussionist. We did a quick rehearsal and pulled together a little house concert, a set of eight choros plus one bossa (Wave). Choros included Chorando baixinho, Pedacinhos do ceu, and Carinhoso. Those are all slowish pretty ones, but we picked things up with Receita de samba, Noites cariocas, and Um a zero. Some others I really enjoy playing are Proezas de Solon, Arranca toco, Cochichando, and Chorei. But the repertoire is huge-- a friend who now lives in Rio and regularly attends jams there says that from week to week he rarely hears tunes repeated.

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