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Brazilian Samba Primary 15 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies


This extra value Budget Buddies pack has everything you need to get your primary (KS1-2) samba drumming class off to a flying start. The Pack includes 5 big aluminium drums and 10 smaller instruments, to give you a wide range of authentic samba sounds and to make it easy to split the group into threes, each with one big and two smaller instrument. Also included are two teaching guides by world music expert Andy Gleadhill: Brazilian Samba and Percussion Buddies. The books will take you from basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons and there's plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing.


The top quality kit is made in Brazil by Izzo, specialists in samba instrument making since 1960. The three surdos nest inside one another making this a very compact set for storing. Special storage/carry bags are available and will help to prolong the instruments' lives as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for events.

Click the trumpets to hear sound samples of tracks from the Teaching Guide...                          


How it's Played

Included are:

1 x 12" nesting surdo with beater

1 x 14" nesting surdo with beater

1 x 16" nesting surdo with beaters

1 x 12" repinique with sticks

1 x 12" caixa with sticks

6 x tamborims with beaters

2 x 10" pandeiros

2 x metal agogo with sticks

2 x apito 3 tone whistles

1 x Andy Gleadhill's Brazilian Samba Book

1 x Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book


Large Surdo (maracao) - this is the largest Surdo. It's the one that gives the primary beat that everyone concentrates on. Medium Surdo (resposta) - this Surdo sustains the samba rhythm. Small Surdo (cortador) chimes in between the other Surdos, and adds a swing to the rhythm. Repinique - this is the lead instrument used to control the samba and is played with two sticks or one stick and a hand. Tamborim - the Tamborim gives the punch and the shape to the samba. Agogo - this has one of the highest tones in the Samba and adds to the melody. To play the Tamborim, it should be held in your weakest hand with the playing whip in your stronger hand. Strike the head with the whip in the centre of the drum head. The agogo should be held by the handle in your weaker hand with a drum stick in you stronger hand. Strike the individual bells, or to produce a third sound grip the bells and strike them together. The Caixa is secured at waist level with a Caixa belt or strap and can be played in various ways using a pair of drum sticks. The Repinique is secured at waist level with a sling and is played with two drum sticks or a single drum stick and the hand. The sound is created by striking the drum skin or by striking the rim. Surdos are secured at waist level with a sling and are played with one or two beaters.

What it Goes Well With

Depending on your budget, add more big drums or more samba percussion. The Samba Percussion Buddies packs contain 5, 10 or 15 pieces of Samba percussion and Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book and will enable you to increase your group to include up to 20 or 30 players without busting your budget. The Big 5, 10 and 15 packs give you more big drums for a deeper, more weighty sound.

How it's Made

Brazilian Samba is particularly fascinating as a World Music style as it has evolved from the mixing of several different musical cultures. We all recognise the Samba music of the famous carnivals of Rio and Sao Paulo and percussive Sambas played by the fans that travel with the Brazilian football teams but Samba has many other moods and musical styles. In the north of Brazil Samba is heavily influenced by the reggae beats of the Caribbean and in the sprawling suburbs of the cities younger members of Samba schools enjoy incorporating modern Hip Hop and Drum and Bass beats into their Sambas. A wide range of instruments are employed in a Samba band and there are many rhythmic layers blending together to produce intricate syncopated music. Samba is ideal for large group and mixed ability classes as simple and more complicated parts are played together to create the overall sound. As with African music, Samba is usually taught by ear with the pupil listening to instructions and then repeating the music the teachers have been playing. Playing in a Samba ensemble is also an excellent platform for improvisation with plenty of opportunity for individual players to improvise around the Samba's core rhythms.


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