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The best known tuning for the Braguinha/Machete, and which has lasted up until the present, is:  

just as with the first four strings of the viola. 

In the CHORDS section, you will find diagrams corresponding to these tunings.

 

Techniques 

‘The tear’
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 plucked viola.

 

 

 
   
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