BY STEWART JEAN, ANA BARREIRO, AND JEFF BOWDERS | FROM THE FALL 2019 ISSUE OF DRUM!
The festive Brazilian sound of samba is the music of the people, the rhythm of the streets. Most Brazilian sambas are heard in parades—similar to the New Orleans second-line—and played by multiple drummers with folkloric instruments like surdo, pandeiro, and tamborín. Gigging drummers must do their best to emulate these parts on a drum set. Practice the following ride patterns to create authentic samba feels. To start, we’ve shown the traditional ride pattern with bass drum and snare patterns. For clarity, the ride patterns have been separated from the bass drum/sidestick pattern in the rest of this lesson.
- Count in 2/4 time
- Keep the bass drum and snare sidestick patterns consistent
- Play all patterns between 90-125 bpm