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Brazilian Samba - Secondary - 30 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies


This 'Brazilian Samba - Secondary - 30 Player Class Pack - Budget Buddies' has everything you need to get your Secondary (KS3/KS4) Samba drumming group off to a flying start, even on a very limited budget.


The Pack includes 6 big, aluminium Surdo drums, 2 Repiniques, 2 Caixa snare drums as well as 20 smaller instruments, giving you a wide range of authentic Samba sounds as well as making it easy to split group into pairs, each with a bigger and 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 the basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons and there's plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing within, plus online audio and video support.


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 for a very compact and efficient set with regards to storage space.


Special storage/carry bags are available and will help to prolong the lives of the instruments, 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:


    • 2 x Nesting Surdo - 14in diameter, aluminium, IZZO
    • 2 x Nesting Surdo - 16in diameter, aluminium, IZZO
    • 2 x Nesting Surdo - 18in diameter, aluminium, IZZO
    • 2 x Repinique - 12in diameter, aluminium, IZZO
    • 2 x Caixa - 12in diameter, aluminium, IZZO
    • 12 x Tamborim - IZZO
    • 4 x Pandeiro - 10in diameter, IZZO
    • 4 x Agogo Bells - Medium
    • 2 x Tritone Samba Whistle (Apito)
    • Beaters, sticks, belts and slings as appropriate to each instrument
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Brazilian Samba Book
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book


Please note that Surdo beaters may be either Izzo or DfS models.


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 as well as Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book, which will enable you to increase your group size to include up to 20 or 30 players without busting your budget.


The 5, 10 and 15 Big Drum Packs give you more Surdos, Repiniques and Caixas for a deeper, weightier sound overall.

What it Goes Well With

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 ‘n’ 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.

How it's Made

The approach is for class teachers as well as music teachers - it is fully supported and translates quickly and easily into the classroom. There are clear instructions in Andy Gleadhill’s 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, as well as example Percussion Buddies scores (in 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 12/8, 2/4 and swing) that will fit with pretty much 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. There is 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 into storage.

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