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Wanna swing like a Carioca?

Check out my post on playing caixa em cima and listen to the practice tracks here. Check out my post on playing repique mor and listen to the practice tracks here. Listen and Practice IMO the only way to get good swing is to listen and practice a lot so I created some looped audio tracks that I could play along with while I practiced.I started sharing these tracks with my students and people from Portland Samba and now I'll share them with you. I have tracks specifically for general samba swing (below). These are all recordings of Cariocas (Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro) playing.*I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE REFERENCE RECORDINGS FROM CARIOCAS NOT GRINGOS. Some gringos can swing their behinds off...

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Wanna swing caixa em cima like a Carioca

Check out what I wrote about swing and repique mor here. Listen and Practice IMO the only way to get good swing is to listen and practice a lot so I created some looped audio tracks for caixa em cima that I could play along with while I practiced.I started sharing these tracks with my students and people from Portland Samba and now I'll share them with you. I have tracks specifically for repique mor (below), caixa em cima, and general samba swing. The following are the repique mor tracks. These are all recordings of Cariocas (Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro) playing. Repique mor tracks here.Samba swing tracks here*I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE REFERENCE RECORDINGS FROM CARIOCAS NOT GRINGOS. Some gringos can...

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Wanna swing repique mor like a Carioca?

On you samba drumming/music journey you will pretty quickly run into a conversation about samba swing. You are learning the basics of how to play and getting a little cocky about it and then someone says "It doesn't sound swingy."  Swing Crisis My buddy calls this moment a "swing crisis" A time when you have to grapple with incorporating this illusive lilt into your playing. The swing informs pretty much everything and every instrument in a samba batucada group.A lot has been said about how to feel it, think about it and embody it. Us nerds want to math it out on paper and draw diagrams etc. Listen and Practice IMO the only way to get good swing is to listen and...

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Fla Manguaça samba school

Last year, I wanted to see the parades of the Silver and Bronze series samba schools but had no idea where they competed. I had visited some of their rehearsals last year and wanted to see how they did on the avenida. It turns out the Silver and Bronze series samba schools compete in a separate event in a separate location in rio on Estrada Intendente Magalhães. The fantastic thing about it was that you could get so close to the action and see everything that was happening, cheer on the performers, get wacked in the face with feathers, see the floats up close and wave to your friends parading by. Milton Cunha was even there hanging out in the stands chatting with people and being...

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The beer shower that is also a soccer game at the Maracan√£!

We all hear about how in love Brazilians are with soccer - futebol - football but it wasn't until I lived here that I realized that the depth of that love is difficult to overstate.I grew up in the football (americana) obsessed mid-west, the buckle of the bible belt. Where hard work, God and football are all blended together in a stew of culture. But I never saw the devotion to anything that is equal to how much Brazilians love soccer. North Americans might, MIGHT love their children as much as Brazilians love soccer. MIGHT. It was quite the blowout for my first soccer match ever.It happened to be in Rio de Janeiro. It happened to be at the Maracanã stadium (largest in Brazil). It...

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