Have you dreamed about being part of a Brazilian or Latin show, where performers play drums, dance Capoeira, Samba or Salsa, the vibe is awesome on and behind the stage, and you get to have your minutes of fame playing your solo?
The Brazilian Latin Dance Company invited me to substitute their drummer in two concerts, Burwood RSL and Merrylands RSL. I had only two weeks to learn 28 songs and I nailed them.
The following video is a compilation of the two shows, made with a camera behind me, and one from the audience.
The set up of the drum kit is similar to the basic set up. I take only one mount tom with me, and adapt a cowbell and a jamblock to a more comfortable position (when compared to having all three toms set up).
I sometimes teach those types of rhythms in beginners drum lessons. I show students how to start coordinating hands and feet first, and after a few months they start playing some samba and Latin variations on the drums.
Since I started offering drum lessons for kids in Caringbah NSW – that is in Sydney, Australia – I realised that sometimes Latin grooves is what makes a kid really enthusiastic about learning drums. Teaching beginners the basic of Latin drumming is one of the keys to keep them interested in drumming more often.
I hope you enjoyed the video, and if you are based in Sydney and are interested in drum lessons, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find all details and much more on my website DrumLessonsSydney.com.au.