NOTICE: As of March 2019 I have sold out of all of the Portuguese Guitar methods described on this page. I have left this detailed

information so that players can know what to look for.

There are several companies in Portugal from which you can buy the Cebolo books. One is Salão Musical de Lisboa (

I do not know where to buy copies of the  the Silva or Soares books.


 Portuguese Guitar Method Books and Transcriptions for playing Lisbon Fado

Portuguese Guitar: Fados and Counter-Melodies, by Eurico Cebolo Book 1 with CD $45 with shipping in the US;

Cebolo's Book 2 with CD and DVD is $50 including shipping in the United States;

Cebolo's Books 3, 4, 5 with CD and DVD $60.

Sons De Lisboa (Sounds of Lisbon) a book of solo Portuguese Guitar pieces by transcribed Marcio Silva, $60 book with CD.

The Guitarra Magica book has been discontinued. It has been replaced by a new book from Eurico Cebolo entitled, Guitarra Portuguesa: Fado e Contracantos, Metodo para Tocar e Acompanhar o Fado de Lisboa Book 1 (Portuguese Guitar: Fados and Counter-Melodies, Method to Play and to Accompany the Fado of Lisboa). This new book comes with a CD.

The price is $45 for the book with CD including shipping in he US.

This new book is 22 pages longer than the earlier book (Guitarra Magica). It is a greatly improved method over the original. It deals with the technical aspects of playing the Lisbon style Portuguese guitar and focusses on the Fado major and fado menor. It eliminates the folkloric (non-fados) examples which were in the Guitarra Magica. Everything is explained is clear detail. The CD is a tremendous aid to learning and internalizing all of the material. When you can actually hear how the written music notation sounds, you learn more easily; when you can see where you put your fingers in the tablature diagrams you can have confidence in what you are doing. This book will give you a good foundation for learning the Portuguese guitar.

Photo of the book entitled Portuguese Guitar by Eurico Cebolo

This book written in Portuguese, English and French. The materials in this book are coordinated with audio material on the CD starting with the exercises.

Here is the complete contents:

page 1-2 Title page

page 3 Copyright information for this book and its CD

page 4 - 5 Detailed Index

page 6-7 Author Memories (a background of the author)

page 8 Fado Origins

page 9 Parts of the Fado Guitarra (with chart)

page 10 Playing position (with photos)

page 11 Chart of the fingerboard along, with the musical notes at each fret

page 12 How ro read music

page 13 How to tune the guitarra with a piano, uning fork or pitch pipe

page 14-15 How to internall tune the guitarra--thatis, from one srig to another

page 16 How to loop the strings end, with a string winder, with a wire hook or with 2 coins

page 17 How to attach looped string to the bottom of the guitar and to the machine heads

page 18 Information about the plastic fingerpicks (artifical fingernail)

page 18-19 The free stroke and the rest stroke for the right hand index finger. How to rest your fingers on the pickguard

page 20 Information of how to read tablature

page 21 Exercise 1, 2 and 3. These exercises are coordinated with the CD; they show (in notation, tablature and by sond on the CD) the open strings on the guitar

page 22 Exercise 4 to 8. These exercises show how to count note value.

page 23 Exercise 9. Introduces accidental, that is, sharps, flates, double sharps, double flates and naturals.

page 24 Explains the notation used for the left hand

page 25-26 Exercises 10 through 15 show the chromatic notes on all of the strings for the first 4 frets.

page 27-28 Exercises 16 through 27 are exercises on all of the strings to facilitate learning the notes.

page 29-32 How to count eight notes (quavers in British). Exercises 28 to 39 deal with playing eight notes with the index finger moving in and out (up and down like a pick).

page 32 Starts the explanation of major scales. Exercise 40 and 41.

page 33-34 Starts the explanatio of major and minor chord structures

page 35 Explains the tonality of D major

page 36 Exercises 43 and 44 are exercises whihc demonstrate how to use both the index finger and the thumb.

page 37 to 39 Here is a detailed explanation about how to play the Traditional Fado in D Major (that is, how to play Fado Maior (em Re Maior). This piece has the Portuguese guitarra and the vocal part in notation and tablature and it has the viola (Spanish-type "guitar") accopaniment in notation.

page 40-41 Execise 46 show 9 ways to pick the arpeggio for the Fado Maior.

page 42 Show the tonality of D minor. With examples in exercises 47 and 48.

page 43-45 Here is a detailed presentation on playing the Fado Menor (like that given for the Fado Maior)

page 46-47 Exercise show 8 ways to pick the arpeggio for the Fado Menor

page 48-49 Here in exercise 51, a complete Fado Maior in D Major is presented along with some variations.

page 50-51 Here in exercise 52, a complete Fado Menor in D Minor is presented with some variations.

page 52 Exercise 53 show how to play an arpeggiated fado in A minor

page 53 Show the complete chromatic scale on all 6 courses

page 54-55 Exercises 54-59 shows ascending and descending chromatic scales on all 6 strings (courses)

page 56-57 Exercises 60-71 shows the 12 major scales

page 58-59 Exercises 72 to 83 shows the 12 melodic menor scale

page 60 Exercises 84 and 85 shows rhythmic patterns to practice with scales

page 61 Presents the barring technique for the left hand

page 62 Presents symbols used to identify chords

page 63 Explains how to understand chord symbols used in this method

pages 64-67 Presents chords tonic, subdominat and dominant seventh chords used in each major and minor key

page 68-69 An extensive chart showing 24 types of (perfect and dissonant) chords used in each key

page 70 How to execute several chords with the same finger positions

page 71-72 An advertisement for the forthcoming second book by Eurico Cebolo on the Portuguese Guitar

page 73 A small biography of the author

Book 2 with CD and DVD, $50 including shipping in the US

page 3-5 Author's statement

page 6 Musical intervals--seconds

page 7 Musical intervals--thirds and fourths

page 8 Musical intervals--fifths and sixths

page 9 Musical intervals--sevenths and octaves

page 10 Intervals on every string

page 11 Appeggios

page 12-13 Arepegiated Fado (D major)

page 14 How to Transpose Musical Keys (Change Tonalities)

page 15 Arpeggiated Fado (A major)

page 16 Slurs--Ascending and Descending, On 2 strings

page 17 Triplets

page 18-19 Variations of Traditional Fado Picking Patterns (D major)

page 20-21 Variations of Traditional Fado Picking Patterns (D minor)

page 22 Major Chords--D, Eb, E, F

page 23 Minor Chords--Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm

page 24 Major Chords--A, Bb, B, C

page 25 Minor Chords Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm

page 26 Diminished 7th Chords and their Inversions

page 27 Dimished 5th Chords and Augmented 5th Chords

page 28 Ornamentations (Embellishments)--Vibrato

page 29 Mordent

page 30 Portamento

page 31 Glissando, Staccato

page 32 Tremolo--trill or Shake

page 33-35 Fado da Freira

page 35 Note on Musical Introductions

page 36-38 Fado Alberto--Não Sou Quem Tu Desejas

page 39-41 Fado Puxavante--Meu Coração Não Tem Cura

page 42-44 O Fado Não Se Deitou

page 45-47 Fado Cravo

page 47-51 Fado Bailado--Estanha Forma de Vida

page 52-53 Style of Mouraria in A Major

page 54 Styles of Mouraria in A Minor

page 55-7 Fado Marceneiro--Há Festa Na Mouraria

page 58-60 Fado Da Azenha

page 61-63 Fado Perseguição

page 64-66 O Milagre das Velas (by Eurico Augustas Cebolo)

page 67-69 O Relógio do Padre (by E.A. Cebolo)

page 70-74 Fado Patterns in Key of G Major (these left hand patterns in G can easily be trasnposed)

page 75 Scales in major and Minor 3rds

page 76 Finger patterns for Diminished 7th

page 77 Fado Dançado (written music with tablature)

page 78-79 Explanation about Fado Dançado

Book 3 with CD and DVD. $60 + shipping

page 3-5 Author's statement

paage 6-8 Fado Acacio (music by Acacio Gomes Dos Santos, died 1980). Music is in notation and tablature. New words entitled Joia Perdida by Eurico Cebolo

page 9-11. Fado Britinho (music by Joaquim Frederico de Brito, born 1894-died 1977). New works entitled Tanta Lagrima Sentida by Eurico Cebolo.

page 12-14 Fado Amora (music by Joaquim Campos de Silva, 1911-1981). New words entitled Tu Nao es de Mais Ninguem by Eurico Cebolo.

page 15-17 Fado Bacalhau (music by Jose Antonio Augusto Silva, 1880-1935). New words entitled Ja perdi a Fe em Tudo by Eurico Cebolo.

page 18-20 Fado Mouraria (music in style of Alfredo Marceneiro). New words entitled Dou-te o meu Profundo by Eurico Cebolo.

page 21-23 Fado Margaridas (music by Miguel Ramos, 1904-1982. New words entitled Passo a Vida a Esperar-te by Eurico Cebolo.

page 24-27 Fado Tango (music by Joaquim Campos da Silva, 1911-1981. New words entitled Da Morte Nao Tenho Medo by Eurico Cebolo.

page 28-30 Ali nao Houve Natal (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 31-33 Fado do Cruzeiro (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 34-37 Fado Vianinha (music by Francisco Viana, 1895-1945). Original words entitled Por Morrer uma Andorinha by Francisco Viana.

page 38-40 Tira de Mim o Sentido (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 41-48 Fados em Sol Menor (G minor), 36 variations each 4 measures long (credited to Eurico Cebolo).

page 49-53 Fado em Do Maior (C major). 21 variations each 4 measures long (credited to Eurico Cebolo).

page 54-55 Six Exercises in Sol Maior for intervals of thirds.

page 56-57 Six Exercises in Fa Maior (F major) for intervals of 6ths.

page 58 Exercise in Re Maior (D major) for accompaniment with the 6th degreee of the scale.

page 59 Exercise in Fa Maior fir accompaniment with the 6th degree of the scale.

page 60 Augmented 5th chords.

page 61-2 Information about history of the guitarra and types of guitarras.

Book 4, CD and DVD, $60 + shipping

page 3-5 Author's statement

page 6-8 Fado Dos Sonhos (music and words by Joaquim Frederico de Brito, 1874-1977).

page 9-11 Fado da Idanha (music by Richard Borges de Sousa, died 1938). News words entitled Passei a Noite Contigo by Eurico Cebolo.

page 12-15 Fado CUF (music by Alfred Marceneiro, 1891-1982). New words entitled Fado sempre Fado by Eurico Cebolo.

page 16-18 Maria dos Pobres (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 19-21 Anda nas Ruas Perdido (words and music by Eurico Cebolo).

page 22-25 Fado Manuel Maria (music by Manuel Maria Rodrigues Marques). New words entitled O Jose era Rufia by Eurico Cebolo.

page 26-27 Mocia dos Caracois (music by Alfredo Marceneiro). Original words entitled Mocita dos Caracois by Joao Linhares Barbosa.

page 28-29 Fado Solene (music by Alberto Correia, 1908-1960). New words entitled Coracao que bates Tanto by Eurico Cebolo.

page 30-32 Fado Proenas (music by Julio Jose da Fonseca (Proenas), 1901-1970). New words entitled Essas Rosas que me Davas by E. Cebolo.

page 33-35. Fado Corrido (Style of Alfredo Marceneiro), New words entitles So a noite a luz da Lua by Eurico Cebolo.

page 36-38. Ouvi Dizer Mal o Fado (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 39-44 Fados em Sol Maior. 26 variations each 4 measures long credited to Eurico Cebolo.

page 45-49 Fados em Do Menor. 22 variations each 4 measures long credited to Eurico Cebolo.

page 50-52 Fados em varios Tonalidades One varaition each in D, Eflat, E, F, Gflat. Credited to Eurico Cebolo.

page 53-55 Variacoes do fado em Re (D) Maior. 11 variations 4 measures long each. Credited to Eurico Cebolo.

page 56 Exercise in Re Menor (D minor) for accompaniment with the 6th degreee of the scale.

page 57 Exercise in Mi Menor (E Minor) for accompaniment with the 6th degreee of the scale.

page 58 Exercises #1 with chords. This page is for practice changing chords in various keys.

page 59 Exercises #2 with chords. This page is for more practice changing chords in additional keys.

page 60 An exercise for arpeggiated chords with passing notes.

page 61-62 Some general comments on Portuguese guitars.

Book 5 with CD and DVD, $60 + shipping

page 3-5 Author's statement and Table of Contents.

page 6-9 Fado Carriche (music by Raul Ferrao, 1890-1953). Original words entitled Serao da Virgem (Nossa Senhora Faz Meia) by Joao Linhares Barbosa, 1883-1965.

page 10-12 Fado Carlos da Maia (music by Jose Carlos Augusto da Maia, 1878-1921). New words entitled Dissemos Sim e Depois by Eurico Augusto Cebolo.

page 13-15 Fado Tres Bairros (music by Casimiro Miguel Ramos, 1901-1973). New words entitled Talvez seja por ser pobre by E. Cebolo.

page 16-18 Fado Esmeraldinha (music by Joaquim Campos da Silva, 1911-1981). New words entitled Nao Sofras Sem Razao by E. Cebolo.

page 19-21 Fado Vitoria (music by Joaquim Campos da Silva, 1911-1981). Original words, Povo que lavas no Rio, by Pedro Homem de Mello.

page 22-23 Fado Rosita (Music by Joaquim Campos da Silva, 1911-1981). New words, Sou eu que Rio no Fim, by Eurico Cebolo.

page 24-26. Fado da Chave (music and words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 27-29 Este Fado em Dois Tons (words and music credited to Eurico Cebolo).

page 30-32 E Foi Deus Quem os Juntou (words and music by Eurico Cebolo).

page 33-35 O meu Amigo Fiel 9words and music by Eurico Cebolo).

page 36-38 Fado Menor (Style of Alfred Marceneiro, D menor). New words, Um Anel do teu Cabelo, by Eurico Cebolo.

page 38 O meu Deus, se for Pecado (words by Eurico Cebolo).

page 39 Fado Menor (G Menor) (music by Eurico Cebolo).

page 40-43 Fados em Sol (G) Maior (music credited to Eurico Cebolo). 19 variation 4 measures long each

page 44-45 Fados em Sol Maior (music credited to Eurico Cebolo). 6 variations.

page 46-47 Fados em Fa (F) Maior (music credited to Eurico Cebolo). 7 variations.

page 48 Origins of Fado.

page 49 Basic Traditional Fados (comments on structure)

page 50 Comments about Fado maior

page 51 Comments on Fado on other instruments and also about Fado Menor

page 52 Comments about Fado Mouraia

page 53 Comments about Fado Corrido and Familia dos Fado

page 54 Fado em Dosi Tons. A musical example.

page 55-57 Fados em Dois Tons. entitled Nossa Vida e um Fado (music and words by Eurico Cebolo)

page 58 Guitarra in the taverns (comments).

page 59 Fados em Sol (G) Menor. 6 Variations.

page 60 Chords with passage notes.

page 61 Worldwide fado (comments)

page 62 Desgarradas (Song duels), some comments

Sons de Lisboa (Sounds of Lisbon) and CD by Marcio Silva, $60+ shipping

Front Cover, Back Cover, DVD

This book includes 7 famous solo pieces for the Portuguese Guitar (guitarra portuguesa). It is written in standard music notation and tablature.

Here are the contents.

Elementary knowledge

page 8 the Coimbra and Lisboa Guitar

page 9 Diagram showing parts of the Lisboa Guitarra

page 10 Tuning of the Guitarra

page 11 All of the notes on the fingerboard

page 12 Description of left and right hand fingers

page 13 Use of special fingerpick (unhas postiças)

page 14 Holding position of the guitar

page 15 Right hand position

page 15-16 Left hand position

page 17 Right hand strokes

page 18 Dedilho technique,

page 19 The process of Tuning: with an electronic tuner or between strings

page 20 Reading Tablature notation

page 21 Peças ( List of Musical Pieces in this book--see immediately below)

page 22-24 Balada da Saudade by Casimiro Ramos (this piece and the other are written in notation and tablature and can be heard on the CD

page 25-20 Nocturno by Casimiro Ramos

page 31-37 Vira de Frielas by Jose Nunes

page 38-44 Variacoes em Mi (Variations in E minor) by Armando Freire (AKA the famous Armandinho) and José Nunes (also famous)

page 45-53 Variacoes em Si Menor by José Nunes

page 54-61 Guitarrra de Lisboa by Manuel Marques

page 62-72 Variacoes em Re (Variations in D) by Armando Freire (Armandinho)

As of March 2019 I am sold out of all of the books by Cebolo, Silva ands Soares. Salao Musical de Loisboa has the books by Cebolo

If you wish to e-mail me, click on my address:

As of November 2012, the following books by Soares and Cebolo are still out of print. I include the information below so players can know that they exist(ed) and perhaps they can find old copies of them.

As of mid December 2006 I am out of the Soares method book and I have been told by Paolo Soares that his stock is exhausted. I do not know if he will ever reprint the book. I saw him in October 2018.

The first book is a masterpiece and the essential work for learning the Coimbra style portuguese guitarra. It is called Metodo de Guitarra Portuguesa: Bases para a Guitarra de Coimbra (Portuguese Guitar Method: basic techniques for the Coimbra Guitar) It was written by Paolo Soares, a fine performer and recognized teacher living in Coimbra. This method book was highly praised by guitarrists in Portugal when it appeared.

For several years after its original publication (1997), the Soares method book was very difficult to obtain. In 1999 I went to Lisbon to the distributor who had been out of stock for 6 months. In 2004 I was finally able to obtain copies directly from the author. This book has 154 pages, it is written in Portuguese and has a side by side excellent translation into English. The explanations of the playing techniques and notes on interpretation are very clear, authentic and professional. The transcriptions included in this work are of famous pieces from the Coimbra style repertorie.

The musical selections include: Canto de Amor composed by Carlos Paredes, Valsa (Waltz) by Gonsalo and Artur Paredes, Estudio I by Paolo Soares, O Meu Menino song accompaniment by Paolo Soares, Danca Palaciana by Carlos Paredes, Cancao by Carlos Paredes, Canto de Embalar by Carlos Paredes, Aguarela Portuguesa by Antonio Portugal, Balada do Mondego arranged by Artur Paredes, Estudo em La Maior arranged by António Pinho de Brojo, Variações sobre o Mondego by Gonasalo Paredes arranged by Carlos Paredes, Melodia no. 2 by Carlos Paredes. These first rate transcriptions are presented in both standard music notation and tablature (cifra).

For those who don't know, I should say that Carlos Paredes is considered a national treasure of Portugal for his wonderful contributions to the Coimbra guitarra. Carlos was the son of Artur Paredes who was regarded as a genius of the instrument. Gonsalo Paredes is highly regarded for his compositions.

If you are serious about the Coimbra guitarra this is the book for you (unfortunately the 1st and 2nd editions are out of print). Price for the 1st and 2nd edtions were $90 plus shipping (see below for details)


The Guitarra Magica by Eurico Cebolo (now permanently discontinued) was written in Portuguese, English and French. It was a very basic method (46 pages). It included a very extensive chord chart in all keys, basic chord sequences, and major and minor scales. It included some simple Portuguese songs and a few simple fado variations. It did not adequately describe the right hand techniques for modern Portuguese guitar. It demonstated a right hand arpeggio technique like that used on Spanish classical guitars. Very frankly, my explanation in the internet lesson of the right hand technique is more authentic than what is presented in this book. Nevertheless, this book was a starting point and was of use to someone who wants to learn the basic left hand chords and other introductory information. The new book (book 1) by Cebolo described at the top of the page has solved the deficiencies of the Guitarra Magica.

This book included the following in Portuguese, English and French:

page 3 Parts of the guitarra (with chart

page 4 Playing position (with photos)

page 5 Chart of the fingerboard

page 6 How ro read music

page 7, 8, 9 How to tune the guitarra

page 10 The right hand

page 11 Exercises on the 6 open strings

page 12 The left hand

page 13 Exercises on the six strings

page 14 Intervals of seconds, thirds, the left hand bar

page 15 Intervals of fourths, fifths, sixths

page 16 Intervals of sevenths, octaves, accidentals

page 17 Intervals on each strings (chart), sharps, flats, naturals

page 18 Chromatics scale on six strings, the notes on the 6th string, the 5th string

Page 19 Notes on the 4th 3rd, 2nd, 1st strings

Page 20 Major scale construction, the 12 major scales

Page 21 Minor melodic scale construction, the 12 minor scales

Page 22 1/8 notes (quavers) and rests with 6 exercises

Page 23 Short music examples from Portuguese folklore: Papagaio Loiro (Blond Parrot and Tres Pombinhas (Three Little Pigeons)

Page 25 Written Music: Fado em Re Maior (Fado in D major)

Page 26 Written Music from Portuguese folklore: As Pombinhas da Cat'rina (Catherines Doves) and Mangerico (Basil)

Page 27 Written Music: Fado em Re menor (Fado in D minor)

Page 28 Written Muisc: Fadinho arpejado (Arpeggio Fado)

Page 29 Written Music from Portuguese Folklore: Alecrim (Rosemary), Oliveira Da Serra (Olive tree on the Hill)

Page 30 Wrtten Music from Portuguese Folklore: Triste Viuvinha (Sad widow), Fado em La Menor (Fado in A Minor)

Page 31 Witten Music: Fado em La Maior (Fado in A Major)

Page 32 Semi Quavers. Written Folkore Music: O Rosa Arredonda a Saia

Page 33 Written Folklore Music: O Malhao

Page 34 Written Muisc: Mouraria em La Menor (Mouraria Style Fado in A Minor)

Page 35 Written Music: Mouraria em La Maior (Mouraria Style Fado in A Major)

Page 36 Tremolo

Page 37 Slurs on two different Notes

Page 38-9 Chord symbols explained

Page 40-3 Chords in 12 major and 12 menor keys

Page 44-5 A very complete Chord Chart of perfect and dissonant chords. 24 chords in each of 12 keys

Page 46 Four scales of double notes in 3rds. 2 major and 2 minor fingering patters

Page 47 The Index

Be sure to see my free internet lesson on playing the Portuguese guitar on my website (with embedded YouTube videos) at:

Also, please look at the Fado song book and CD we have for sale: Fado Portugues: Songs from the soul of Portugal.