As part of running a series of summer samba sessions, here’s a quick primer…
June 17, 2022
What is Samba?
What are the Samba instruments?
Tamborim – These are small drums held in your hand and played with one stick. They look a bit like Tambourines but without the jingles.
Repinique – these drums are tuned very high and have a loud piercing sound. They are use to lead the band and introduce breaks and solos.
Ganza – These are metal shakers.
Caixa – this is like the snare drum but slightly smaller. They are played with standard drum sticks.
Agogo bells – They are metal bells with a high and a low pitch to create different melodies.
Apito – This is a tri-tone whistle meaning it has 3 tones. The bandleader uses the whistle to signal changes in the performance (rhythm/feel/breaks etc)
What are ‘Breaks’ in Samba Music?
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Have a great time drumming!