Felipe Coelho performs his own arrangement of Severino Araújo’s “Espinha de Bacalhau”, a choro know for it’s difficulty specially on the B and C sections where the melody doubles the subdivision.
The arrangement is done so that the three different times the A section appears, it is played differently. Firstly rubatto on the low register, then secondly as it is traditionally played, and the third time, the melody is rearranged so as to adopt the same sixteenth note subdivisions as in sections B and C.
The traditional Choros are normally played may two or more instruments, where one plays harmony and bass and the other the melody. This is where this project brings something new, enabling these intricate pieces to be played on the guitar alone.