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Technique by Murray Creed // October 03 2013

The samba is one of the most popular music styles to have ever emerged from Brazil. The word itself has unknown origins but is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu (Angolan) term semba, referring to an "invitation to dance." This was a common designation used during dance parties held by slaves (and former slaves) in rural areas of Rio de Janeiro where the samba was born. 

The samba is a very challenging groove to play for a drummer as it is generally played by a group of percussionists. There are four components in this video for you to develop and practice. There is a surdo pattern which will be played by your kick drum, a shaker pattern that will be played by the hi-hat foot, the bell of the ride will represent a cowbell pattern, and the left hand will play a Brazilian clave (this pattern is also called partido alto). 

Once you have mastered the samba, you can improvise the partido alto pattern to challenge yourself. Keep in mind it is important to maintain the ostinato between the bell, bass drum and hi-hat when you improvise the left-hand Brazilian clave.




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Murray Creed

Murray is a graduate of PIT and founder of Groove Studios music school in Victoria British Columbia, Canada. He is also the founder of the Victoria Drum Festival (www.victoriadrumfest.ca). Visit Murray online at www.murraycreed.ca

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