Brazilian Piano


Everyone wants to samba!

Photograph: Marcello Casal Jr., Agência Brasil


"The lively percussion accompaniments not only make practicing the preparatory examples fun, but it will be hard to resist the urge to get up and dance along with them!...The book is appropriate for intermediate to advanced pianists, but is is also a useful resource for anyone just wanting to know more about Brazilian style." —Reviewed by Susanne Skyrm in American Music Teacher, Dec/Jan 2010/2011.

"I loved your book and found it to be a very helpful resource." —Dr. Susanne Skyrm, University of South Dakota

"Summer Song is one of the etudes written by Alfredo Cardim for learning Bossa Nova style piano... it is a good tune and fun to play." —helibossa, YouTube

Book of the Month —Arnaldo Desouteiro's Blog, "Jazz, Bossa & Beyond"

This is a companion website for the method book we wrote for people interested in learning to play Brazilian music on keyboard.

Brazilian Piano: Choro, Samba, and Bossa Nova. Robert Willey and Alfredo Cardim. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010. 112 pp. with companion enhanced CD+, 2010. Interviews with João Donato, Clare Fischer, César Camargo Mariano, and Dom Salvador.


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More from the authors

Brazilian Nights, Yamaha MusicSoft collection for Disklavier. Performed by Alfredo Cardim, produced by Robert Willey.

Analysis of the harmonic progressions of Antônio Carlos Jobim. Robert Willey and Giordano Cabral.

"Bossa Nova", "Influence, Brazilian Music", Robert Willey, Greenwood Dictionary of Latin Music, forthcoming.

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Antônio Carlos (“Tom”) Jobim