Brazilian Samba Drumming & Beyond TUTORIAL

Brazilian Samba Drumming & Beyond TUTORIAL

The Samba rhythm from a native perspective

What you’ll learn:

  • Learning the foundation of the samba that is played on the percussion instruments
  • Play the basic patterns on the drums and apply different ideas that goes beyond the traditional patterns
  • Develop the coordination using exclusive exercicies
  • Become more creative on the drums and explore different sound textures
  • Learn to play the samba rhythm in 6 months


  • Have a previous experience playing the drums and have basic reading knowledge

In This course I will give you some brief history of the Samba, as well as the basic percussion instruments and it’s basic lines, and how we can apply this patterns into the drums in order to play the samba rhythm in a in depth step by step process. The course was created to teach you how to play the samba rhythm in a more authentic way, and through some new and different exercises I will guide you in order to develop your musical creativity and independence on the drums and help you to develop and improve your improvisational skills on the drums, plus some non traditional ways of playing the samba with some advanced techniques as: Double strokes on the bass drum, and some new hand techniques. The course also offers all the exercises in pdf for download, plus 4 mp3 play along tracks to practice your musicality and a lot of loop tracks to practice with all the exercises in the course. In the course you will also have some examples how to solo using the samba rhythm and how to play to real song structures with a two version play along tracks with and without click helping you to work on your time on the drums.


Section 1: Course Introduction

  • Lecture 1 Introduction

Section 2: Percussion instruments and lines

  • Lecture 2 Full Basic Percussion Line
  • Lecture 3 The Pandeiro
  • Lecture 4 The surdo
  • Lecture 5 The Shaker
  • Lecture 6 The Tamborim
  • Lecture 7 The Agogô

Section 3: Setup

  • Lecture 8 Setup

Section 4: Brief Hisotgry of the Samba

  • Lecture 9 History

Section 5: Samba Adaptation

  • Lecture 10 Samba Adaptation n on the Druns
  • Lecture 11 Tamborim Figures played on the Drums.
  • Lecture 12 Reading exercise with the Tamborim Figures
  • Lecture 13 The Agogô Figures applied to the Drums
  • Lecture 14 The Agogô Patterns Applied to the Toms
  • Lecture 15 The Agogô Patterns Played on the Snare and Toms Example 2
  • Lecture 16 Reading Exercice ( Improvisation )on the Snare and toms
  • Lecture 17 Hi Hat Played with the Left foot

Section 6: The Real Samba Feel on the drums

  • Lecture 18 The Samba Feel
  • Lecture 19 The Samba Feel Pattern Orquestrated on the Snare and Toms
  • Lecture 20 Left Foot Coordination Exercices
  • Lecture 21 Opening The Hi hat with The Left Foot

Section 7: The Samba Batucada

  • Lecture 22 Samba Batucada
  • Lecture 23 Samba Batucada with the Left Foot Added
  • Section 8: The Samba Cruzado
  • Lecture 24 Samba Cruzado 1
  • Lecture 25 Samba Cruzado 2
  • Lecture 26 Samba Cruzado 3
  • Lecture 27 Samba Cruzado 4

Section 9: The Samba Telecoteco

  • Lecture 28 The Telecoteco Patterns Applied to The Samba Drum Pattern
  • Lecture 29 Ghost Tamborim

Section 10: The Partido Alto

  • Lecture 30 Partido Alto Groove

Section 11: The Bossa Nova

  • Lecture 31 The Bossa Nova Groove with sticks and brushes

Section 12: Playing Up Tempo samba With Brushes

  • Lecture 32 UP Tempo Playing with brushes

Section 13: Closing

  • Lecture 33 End of the course but not the end of the studies

Section 14: Bonus ( Beyond the Tradition )

  • Lecture 34 Bass Drum Variations
  • Lecture 35 Fast Samba 1
  • Lecture 36 Fast Samba 2
  • Lecture 37 Stretching The Time
  • Lecture 38 Double Bass Ideas Applied to the Samba Grooves
  • Lecture 39 Slow Samba
  • Lecture 40 Medium Samba
  • Lecture 41 Partido Alto
  • Lecture 42 Bossa Nova
  • Lecture 43 Loop Tracks to Practice

This course was design to intermediate level drummers that would like to learn to play the Brazilian samba on the drums, and for those that already know but need to improve their playing learning from a native perspective.

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