Baião comes from a family of rhythms and dance steps called Forró. You can almost think of Forró like ballroom dance. Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, etc. all refer to both rhythms/tempos and corresponding dance steps. When a particular rhythm is played, the dancers know what steps to do. Forró is very much the same.
We already talked about the basics of baião in an earlier post in which I transcribed Edu Ribeiro playing one. So today I've got a page today help you develop your baião vocabulary. A lot of you really seemed to enjoy the Jazz Samba Builder, so I figured I'd put together a similar sheet for baião.
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Luiz Gonzaga is considered the "King of Baião", and is credited with creating it. Here's a recording of one of his most famous tunes, conveniently titled Baião. This recording sits a very manageable tempo, perfect for working through the sheet above.
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