Brazilian Drum Kit Rhythms


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Exotic Sounds Of Brazilian Drum Kit?

Innovative. Exotic. Eccentric. Bold. There aren’t enough words in existence to describe the improvisational brilliance of Brazilian drums. It’s built out of an ever-evolving, eccentric, exotic array of percussive instruments. Over generations, they’ve been freely and easily borrowed from Africa, Europe, and Brazil’s indigenous peoples.

Perhaps you’re anxious to learn but are unable to dedicate your life to studying local musicians in the backstreet bars of Bahia, the clubs in downtown Sao Paulo and the chaotically colourful avenidas of Rio at carnival time. With vast regions and 26 states all contributing uniquely to the country’s national groove it may seem overwhelming to digest all of the rhythmic nuances and subtle techniques needed to complete your Brazilian beats repertoire.

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The Brazilian Drum Kit Curriculum


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Module 1 - The Importance Of Samba - 18.35
  • Lesson 1 – The Fundamentals Of Learning Samba Rhythms3.30
  • Lesson 2 – 16th Note Accents On The Rimshot2.14
  • Lesson 3 – Samba Cross Stick Permutations1.45
  • Lesson 4 – Caixa And Repinique Basics On Snare 3.18
  • Lesson 5 – When To Use The Ride Cymbal4.16
  • Lesson 6 – Tamborim Phrases Applied To The Rimshot1.55
  • Lesson 7 – Why We Count In 2/41.27
Module 2 - Essential Sub Genres Of Samba - 27.42
  • Lesson 8 – The Development Of Samba Pagode2.32
  • Lesson 9 – Building Up From The Rudiments2.48
  • Lesson 10 – Tamborim Phrases Applied To The Hihat2.15
  • Lesson 11 – How To Play Up Tempo Samba 3.14
  • Lesson 12 – Speed Saving Hihat Techniquesl2.59
  • Lesson 13 – Tamborim Phrases Applied To The Snare3.37
  • Lesson 14 – Samba Batucada Carnival Rhythms7.27
  • Lesson 15 – The History Of Brazilian Musical Development2.31
Module 3 - How To Play Bossa Nova - 18.50
  • Lesson 16 – Learning The Bossa Nova Rhythm2.58
  • Lesson 17 – Developing The Traditional Brush Technique2.27
  • Lesson 18 – Alternating Snare Accents1.29
  • Lesson 19 – Permutations In Groups Of Three1.09
  • Lesson 20 – Adding The Left Foot Hihat Ostinato2.31
  • Lesson 21 – Natural Syncopations And Accents2.20
  • Lesson 22 – Snare And Brush Technique Combination3.01
  • Lesson 23 – Maintaining A Smooth Volume 2.55
Module 4 - Forró, Partido Alto, Percussion - 24.56
  • Lesson 24 – The Percussion Parts Of Forró5.12
  • Lesson 25 – Baião Rhythms Applied To The Rimshot1.54
  • Lesson 26 – Triangle Rhythms On The Hihat Bell1.50
  • Lesson 27 – Xote Rhyhtm – Study Luiz Gonzaga2.34
  • Lesson 29 – Combining With Samba Drum Patterns 1.50
  • Lesson 30 – Why Drummers Should Study Percussion4.50
  • Lesson 31 – Understanding The Carnival Pulse – Surdu1.56
  • Lesson 32 – The Driving Force Of Samba – Repenique1.58
  • Lesson 33 – Thanks For Learning With Us0.57
Module 5 - Learning The Brazilian Coco - 16.58
  • The History Of The Coco Rhythm 2.33
  • Beginning With The Basics 2.33
  • Working In Groups Of Two 2.25
  • Incorporating The Clave Into The Left Foot 2.48
  • Variations On The Floor Tom 1.03
  • Working In Groups Of Three 1.50
  • Moving The Clave To The Bass Drum3.46
Module 6 - How To Play Maracatu On The Drum Kit - 25.56
  • The History Of Maracatu 5.58
  • The Sacred Instruments Of Maracatu 2.37
  • Learning The Gonguê Pattern 1.38
  • The Agogo Rhythm 1.38
  • Alfaia Beats On The Kick Drum 2.36
  • Arrastou On The Floor Tom & Kick 0.45
  • Learning The Maler 1.12
  • The Basic Caixa Pattern & Tarol 3.14
  • The Arrastou Caixa Accents 1.02
  • Arrastou Kick Drum Accents 1.13
  • Incorporating Agogo With The Maler 1.21
  • Adding The Kick Drum 0.26
  • Low Pitch Improvisation 1.21
Module 7 - Learning Candomblé Rhythms - Ijexá - 15.46

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With Cyro Zuzi you’re safe in the hands of a man with a back-catalogue which began with thrash metal, then took a radical turn into five years’ study with one of Brazil’s grand masters of drumming, Douglas Las Casas, and then embraced jazz, bebop and swing.

Cyro has an insatiable appetite for exploring, absorbing, and integrating rhythms from around the world into his ever-expanding repertoire of skills. But it’s to his Brazilian roots in Samba, Bossa Nova and Forro that he most fondly and frequently returns.

As director of the “Bish Bash Bosh” percussion school he maintains a constant connection to the rhythms that gave birth to the drumkit style for which he’s so famed, the world over. Don’t miss the chance to work with a true master of the art.

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Complex Brazilian Drumming Patterns

The Brazilian drumkit incorporates the Pandeiro, the Caixa, the Agogo, the Tamborim, the Repinique, the Ganza and the Surdo. It can seem overwhelming – even to the most hardened adventurers in the world of world music. But let Cyro introduce to the tools of his trade and talk you through the carefully notated slo-mo basics, and suddenly it’ll all begin to click. And when that happens, it doesn’t matter what piece of kit, what technique, or what name it goes under, you’ll find yourself fully fluent in the drumkit’s language.

Next up – let Cyro show you how to add a personal twist to create startling new beats that neither you – nor anyone else – has ever experienced before.

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