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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


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.

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

The approach is for class teachers as well as music teachers - it's fully supported and translates quickly and easily into the classroom. There are clear instructions in the Percussion Buddies book on playing each percussion instrument correctly and on creating a range of different sounds from each instrument. There are examples of warm ups and musical exercises and example Percussion Buddies scores (in 4/4, ¾, 6/8, 12/8, 2/4 and swing) that will fit with pretty well any tune your class might be learning. The examples are set out in easy-to-read block notation with mp3s of the complete tracks and each instrument's part and there's also on-line video support showing how each instrument is played.


How to Look After It
The drums are made from aluminium and have synthetic heads so they can quickly and easily be wiped down with a damp cloth and a little mild detergent, if greasy. The same cleaning technique is also fine for the smaller instruments, slings and beaters. The kit can be used outside and will be fine if it rains, but always wipe down and allow to dry afterwards, before putting away ito storage.
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