Workshops

As you can see workshops have levels (1, 2 or 3). This is because in the past years we experienced a big difference between the levels of the participants. Please notice that the requirements for each level are in the description of each workshop. Also for every workshop is mentioned what instruments can participate. There are no instruments provided, so you have to bring the instrument(s) and everything else you need (sticks, belt) yourself. During the workshops ear protection is recomended. Also don't forget to bring a fitting tuning key for your instrument.

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Caixa | J P Courtney | Online lesson
This workshop will be at 16.30 - 18.00 Dutch time (CEST) / 15.30 - 17.00 UK time (BST)

This session will be at a medium pace. So there will be something for people of all levels. Lots of technique, rhythms, arrangements,exercises, tuning and background info. We will send you a link to the session, instructions on how to prepare, attend and what to do during the session. Videos of lesson sent afterwards. Tickets only £10 each (+50p booking fee).

Conga | J P Courtney | Online lesson
This workshop will be at 12.00 - 13.30 Dutch time (CEST) / 11.00 - 12.30 UK time (BST)

This session will be at a medium pace. So there will be something for people of all levels. Lots of technique, rhythms, arrangements,exercises, tuning and background info. We will send you a link to the session, instructions on how to prepare, attend and what to do during the session. Videos of lesson sent afterwards. Tickets only £10 each (+50p booking fee).

Maculelê | Meiko Meissner | Level 1 & 2 | FULLY BOOKED
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim | Timba
This workshops is held in round 2.
Maculelê is an Afro-Brazilian dance where a mock fight takes place wrapped in a dance. Originally, the rhythms of the Maculelê are not played with a samba group, but are nowadays increasingly used in paradinhas and grooves by, among others, Monobloco. The rhythms are very exciting and give a completely different playing feeling than, for example, a Samba Reggae or a samba Rio style.
This workshop is suitable for novice and intermediate players who have little or no experience with Maculelê.

Mambo | Michael de Miranda | Level 3
Caixa | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Timba
This workshop is held in round 2.
Bankoma is a Bloco Afro from Bahia. They are not very well known, but they have a lot of swinging rhythms.
In this workshop we will play the mambo of Bankoma. It is an up-tempo groove, which you can even play with congas. As soon as the rhythm runs smoothly, I will teach you a nice intro and different breaks, so that you can also play this rhythm with your own group.
For advanced, so no basic techniques will be taught.

Panderio | J P Courtney | Online lesson
This workshop will be at 14.15 - 15.45 Dutch time (CEST) / 13.15 - 14.45 UK time (BST)

This session will be at a medium pace. So there will be something for people of all levels. Lots of technique, rhythms, arrangements,exercises, tuning and background info. We will send you a link to the session, instructions on how to prepare, attend and what to do during the session. Videos of lesson sent afterwards. Tickets only £10 each (+50p booking fee).

Repinique | Michael de Miranda
This workshop is held in round 3 and is split up in two parts. The first hour is level 1, the second hour is level 2 & 3. You choose if you take part in one of the parts or both.
For the beginners MichaelI will explain how you can play good samba with the right technique. Not all sounds are easy to make, so he'll show you how to play samba in different ways at a leisurely pace.
For the advanced, we are going to use the more complex techniques used by the Blocos Afro. There are different rhythms played by the Blocos, such as, Merengue, Afro Samba and Mambo. We are going to play that too. Furthermore, there are many virtuose breaks in the style of Olodum, which we will play in this workshop.

Samba Reggae | Michael de Miranda | Level 1 & 2
Caixa | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a/Dobra) | Timba
This workshop is held in round 1.
Samba Reggae is one of the popular rhythms that is played all over the world nowadays. Especially Neguinho do Samba has developed this swinging groove.
In this workshop Michael will explain how this groove is played in the style of Olodum. He also tells you how to start and a traditional stop at the end. We are also going to play some breaks, so you can play a complete arrangement.

Samba Rio Style | Chris Quade Couto | Level 1 & 2
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Cuíca | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim
This workshop is held in round 1.
Workshop content:
- Techniques for all instruments
- Classic breaks like 1, 2, 3, “wave”, “thumbs down”
- Classic Repique calls
- Tamborim line for 1st and 2nd part
- Simple variations for Surdo de terceira
- Timing work
- If possible, one modern break from Rio
Requirements:
- Basic knowledge of samba and rhythm

Samba Rio Style | Chris Quade Couto | Level 3
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Cuíca | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim
This workshop is held in round 3.
Workshop content:
- Individual technique and timing work
- Advanced swing exercises
- Complex relation between instruments (for ex. TamborimTerceira)
- Groove variations for all instruments
- Advices on how to conduct a bateria
- Modern Breaks and Calls from Rio
Requirements:
- Good basic to advanced rhythm on your instrument
- Save understanding of the basic structure of samba
- Classic arrangements

Surdo 3a (Rio) | Meiko Meissner | FULLY BOOKED
This workshop is held in round 1 and is split up in two parts. The first hour is level 1, the second hour is level 2 & 3. You choose if you take part in one of the parts or both.
The surdo 3a has a very special role within a Samba group in Rio de Janeiro. There are complex arrangements that support the so-called “Samba Enredo”, there are variations, entradas and solos. The surdo 3a is one of the few instruments in a bateria that can improvise!
Workshop content level 1:
This workshop is intended for people who have little or no experience playing the surdo 3a in the “Rio-samba” style. We will mainly focus on the part of the surdo 3a after the chamada (the call of the repinique to start the samba) and the Brazilian samba "clave" which determines how the rhythm of the surdo 3a should be played. With sufficient level, we also learn an entrada and simple variations.
Workshop content level 2 & 3:
This workshop is intended for people who have sufficient experience in playing the surdo 3a in the “Rio-samba” style and already know very well how the special rhythm and the use of the surdo 3a after the chamada (the call from the repinique to start the samba) must be played. We will mainly look at "legitimate" variations, which are well within the groove. A good surdo 3a player who knows very well how to do it can carry a whole bateria!

Tamborim | Chris Quade Couto
This workshop is held in round 2 and is split up in two parts. The first hour is level 1, the second hour is level 2 & 3. You choose if you take part in one of the parts or both.
Workshop content level 1:
- Basic “carreteiro” (turning technique) in old (3por1) and new (2por1) style
Requirements level 1:
- none
Workshop content level 2 & 3:
- Variations inside “carreteiro”
-Timeshift exercises
- Explaination of the new “carreteiro” technique (2por2)
Requirements level 2 & 3:
- Save “carreteiro” groove
- For some variations 3por1 might be necessary

12/8th | Meiko Meissner | Level 1 & 2 | ONLY A FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Repinique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim | Timba
This workshops is held in round 3.
Grooves and rhythms can have different characters that can be roughly classified into the categories “straightforward” or “hugely swinging” based on individual feeling. Samba falls in the first category, 12/8th in the second. Of course samba always swings, but 12/8th swings much more than that! Very beautiful shapes of 12/8th can be found in, for example, Africa and Cuba. These rhythms are often a huge challenge for us Europeans, because the majority of our own music has a different rhythmic basis than the 12/8th.
This workshop is suitable for novice and intermediate players who have little or no experience with 12/8th.