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Maxixe Etude uses chord changes characteristic of many Brazilian styles of music. Starting in bar 6, the chords move through a cycle of
4ths (the roots of the chords are all separated by 4ths), which is an intriguing and common tool. Another distinguishing characteristic of
Brazilian harmony is the liberal use of chord inversions (3rds, 5ths and 7ths in the bass) that create bass lines with strong melodic direction.