This is the name given to one of the
techniques used on the
Braguinha/Machete. It’s a technique,
used on a great variety of plucked
string instruments, which allows a
number of rhythms be played in harmonic
accompaniment. It is played with the
index, middle and ring fingers of the
right hand, in an up-down, rolling-style
movement, alternated with thumb strikes
upwards according to the musical genre
which is being accompanied.
‘The dotted line’
This is the name given to the other
technique used on the Braguinha/Machete.
The expression “to play the dotted line”
means to perform a melody.
Traditionally, the thumb is used to
strum, but this technique can also be
practised with the thumb, index, middle
and ring fingers of the right hand via a
plucking technique just like that of the