Gaio de Lima

music teacher teacher

Based in
London, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Central London Area

Make an enquiry Phone: 07942278955

Gaio de Lima is a professional Brazilian musician from Rio de Janeiro with a solid background in Choro and Samba .
He plays Mandolin, Cavaquinho, Guitar, Brazilian Banjo and assorted Percussion. This international artist is based in London but travels the world performing and teaching Brazilian music with an assortment of bands and fusion projects. He recently performed at Glastonbury Festival where he opened for Jimi Cliff.
As a composer, internationally renowned musicians have recorded several of his songs. Gaio teaches students on a variety of instruments. His latest project has been the “International Encounter 2011” in Luton .

"It is not difficult to describe Gaio de Lima if you have the word versatile in your dictionary. This creative and innovative musician from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sings, writes songs and plays a large number of instruments, such as cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele), pandeiro, surdo, cajon, berimbau, tan tan, cuica, tambourim, banjo, repique, acoustic guitar, and his main ardour, the 10 strings mandolin.
Back to the early 90s, Gaio’s first contact with music was when his good-samaritan neighbour, showed an electric bass to the curious 10 year-old, and took him to play on Sunday Masses. Some years later, while coming home from school playing melodies learned by ear on his flute, he met a cavaco player who taught him the first chords and samba beats.
From the experience absorbed from ‘samba carnivals’ at Mangueira Samba School, the first gigs with traditional ‘gafieira’ big bands, and the famous sambas and pagodes of the northern suburbs of Rio, Gaio learned to play several instruments. In every gathering or corner of musicians, bohemians or normal people, he found something to listen to, especially from the renowned composer Carlos Caetano, who he affectionately calls his ‘godfather’ in the Samba world
More confident about his musical purposes and established as a mandolin 10 string soloist, Gaio started to attend the ‘Rodas de Choro’ (friendly gathering of musicians and dancers) in Santa Teresa, and its neighbour down the hill, Lapa. He studied mandolin technique with Henry Lentino and Paulo Sá (PHD in Mandolin) at Villa Lobos School of Music, and perception and harmony at Sigan (Ian Guest) and later at the project Portable School of Choro.
"Gaio is one of those great musicians who dive into the big pot of Brazilian Popular Music with the purpose of bringing out new interpretations and a vast musical knowledge for his song writing". (Paulo Sa)
He has played with the likes of Beth Carvalho, Carlos Caetano, Luiz Carlos da Vila, Jorge Aragão, Almir Guineto and Arlindo Cruz. One of his songs was recorded by the Group Fundo de Quintal - the legendary roots samba group - and was played on national radio. Among his own projects, he highlights his samba and choro group ‘Vendendo Peixe’, ‘Gaio de Lima Quinteto’, ‘Gaio de Lima Trio’, the ‘Duo Pinho e Faia’ (with Vitor Celestino or Stephan Kalonaris) and the ‘Paulo Sa e Gaio de Lima Duo’.
Living currently in the UK since 2007, he has been performing at Ronnie Scots, 606 Club, National Theatre, Guanabara and many other venues, as well as music festivals. He runs percussion and strings-instruments workshops for both children and adults of all ages and offers ¬individual and group music lessons. In addition, he has played with many recognised musicians such as John Parrlicelle, David O’riggns, Chico Chagas, Bosco de Oliveira and others, and is involved in diverse musical projects, such as Samba Viva and Monobloco".

One-to-one lessons

Group Classes

Cavaquinho / 6 & 7 Strings Guitar / Mandolin / Pandeiro

Hello Everyone,

(To be enrolled in that workshop you need to send an email to [email protected])

This is the first choro workshop of the year. We intend to have this workshop every month because this is a nice way how to improve your choro‘s scales plus get to understand better the techniques of your instrument . Our mission is to bring the best choro players in Europe and also from brazil to participate in the workshop. We expect to have in that workshop everyone who wants to get to know choro, who just love that Brazilian music genre or is just curios about it, also professional musician, intermediate or even not musician at all. Luckily, this month we have fantastic musicians and teachers, so do not miss the first:

The work shop content is;

Duration : 50 Minutes

Do not forget to bring:

• Music stand (If you need)
• Your instrument (If do want to play)
• The score printed if you do need to read

All scores will be available on line.

Pandeiro - Completely practical, to improve techniques and to learn some of the most common variation used in choro. We will analyze different patterns and rhythms based in two of three scores. To ready music can help you to understand faster a few variations although to be able to ready music is NOT necessary. Students must have their own instrument although just observers with out instrument also will be allowed in the room.

7 and 6 Strings Guitar- You will learn how to synchronized the bass lines and chord progression. Get to know a few most common Baixarias (bass lines) used in Choro. The student must have a good understanding of his instrument and know how to build chords at list in the first position of the guitar. Students must have their own instrument although just observers with out instrument also will be allowed in the room.

Cavaquinho- Recognise different rhythms in choro music, also learn two or three different pattern (levadas). You will learn a bit of harmony based on the scores used at the workshop although the point of this class is very practical. Students must have their own instrument although just observers with out instrument also will be allowed in the room.

Mandolin - The use of Mandolin in Choro, ornaments, chords and interpretation. Also you will learn a better way to memorise a score. You will learn how to use the tremolo in choro and exercises for make your left hand stronger. To ready music is not necessary although the student should know the score by heart to be able to participate in this class. Students must have their own instrument although just observers with out instrument also will be allowed in the room.

Fee: £25


7 & 6 Guitar
Roda de Choro*

* Roda de Choro – is the moment where all the students will play together in a big circle with all the teachers, normally we will do that in a big place where everyone can have drinks and celebrate the happiness of play choro. More information please go to

Please contact me if you are interested about any of the instruments above.

By email - [email protected]
By Phone - 07942278955

It's a: 
Westbourne Rehearsals Studios
The Rear Basement, 92-98 Bourne Terrace, Little V, Westmister, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
28 of April, 1pm -6pm


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


You won't leave my class with out knowing the point given of the class. My class is very relaxed which means no rush at all. The whole point is to learn but also have fun.

Make an enquiry Phone: 07942278955

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