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Samba rhythms of Brazilian Carnival

Download Samba drum beats pdf  Arrow   The drum sheet of this lesson dedicated to the Samba, contains the transcriptions of some rhythms from Brazilian tradition, adapted for the drumset elements.

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Introduction to the drum lesson: Samba drum beats

The origins of Samba, as well as those of other rhythms from Brazil and South american and Caribbean countries, date back to the days of Africa's colonization and African slaves' deportation: they spread worships and dances from their countries of origin, and mixed them with European culture and local Indians' traditions.
Samba was, at first, the exclusive music by the black slaves in the rural zones and in Salvador de Bahia, the dock where ships from Africa arrived. Only in later times Samba became Brazil's official music, much played in the big cities, particularly in Rio de Janeiro where it became the rhythm that, to this day, is the soundtrack to the greatest Carnival in the world.
Samba is traditionally written in 2/4 and it's a collective rhythm where many percussion instruments are used: cuica, surdo, tamborim, pandeiro, ganza, ago-go bells. In the drum sheet of this drum lesson we'll show you some Samba rhythms for drums.

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This drum lesson dedicated to Samba beats is a part of the published advanced drum lessons.
The advanced drum lessons are directed to the drummer who has some experience, who knows the percussion instruments, musical theory and basic drum techniques and wishes to improve his knowledge and his skills. In this part of the method for drums you'll find some exercises to improve the techniques you have learnt in the basic lessons, a deeper knowledge about different rhythms, and some studies about style and technique of some great drummers, from past and present times.
Reading the drum sheet music and the transcriptions in some of the following lessons requires a good knowledge of musical writing; even experienced drummers can find something new to learn in these pages.

Topics in the advanced drum lessons and in the online drum lessons' published drum sheet music are: Snare drum studies, Advanced drum beats and Drum solo transcriptions, with transcriptions of drum solos by Michael Bland, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams.