Watch the Barefoot in Rio online guitar lesson by Peppino D'Agostino from Acoustic Poetica
A long time ago I was working as a guitarist on the Italian Costa Cruise Lines with a friend of mine who was playing the banjo. Our journey started in Genova, all the way to Buenos Aires, and back. On that trip we were essentially playing Bluegrass music for a South American audience! It was really fun and interesting to experience the Atlantic Ocean for an entire month. One of the many stops was in beautiful Rio de Janeiro and of course me and my friend went to the famous beach Copacabana! We were mesmerized by the people's beauty, the gorgeous scenery and the local kids playing amazing soccer! We really didn't want to go back to the ship (but eventually we did) and it's right there and then that I thought about writing a tune that could encapsulate this memorable moment. As you play this piece imagine yourself in Brazil, on a beautiful, sunny beach, drinking their national cocktail Caipirinha after a long swim in the ocean. Have fun with it!