The Berimbau

Perhaps the most difficult part of practicing capoeira, at least for me, was learning to play the instruments. The most difficult and important of these instruments is the Berimbau; a cross between a musical bow and a self-torture device. The bewilderment, confusion and frustration of learning to play the Berimbau is like nothing I have experienced in my life, and thus was a unique experience I wished to convey to others.

Hillary Chute explains in 'Why Comics?' that reading a comic is in a way an open question; how the audience chooses to navigate and interpret the comics is up to them, as both the text and the images move the story forward in two different ways. Meaning, and in this case the suspense and humour, is created in the relationship interpreted between the two.With this comic, I played with multiple narrative voices; one being the neutral instructor, the other being myself. The use of repetition and the scroll in the second half of this story also helped to convey a sense of passing of time. 

Chute, H. 2017, Why Comics?, pg. 21

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