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Pandeiro: The Brazilian Tambourine


While it may be Brazil’s most iconic percussion instrument, the versatile pandeiro fits into almost any style of music. Instructor Brian Rice likes to call it a “laptop batucada” for its diversity of sounds and ability to emulate all the instruments of the samba bateria. This course covers all the basics and conventions of samba and choro as well as music from the northeast of Brazil, while delving into modern adaptations of funk rhythms, odd time signatures and extended techniques.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 1/8 – 3/12 (10 weeks)

Brian Rice • $295



COURSE TITLE: Pandeiro: The Brazilian Tambourine


Week 1: Technique and notation basics.

Week 2: “The mantra” and how it functions. More on technique.

Week 3: Choro vs Samba. Techniques to differentiate the styles.

Week 4: Choro vs Samba continued. Introducing the Partido Alto.

Week 5: Technique tune up. Partido Alto continued. Standard conventions in Choro and Samba.

Week 6: Extended techniques and their uses. Introduction to Forró: Baião and related rhythms.

Week 7: Continuation of Forró rhythms. Intro to Frevo and Maracatu.

Week 8: Funk patterns and modern styles. Odd meter playing.

Week 9: Soloing on the pandeiro. More on odd meters.

Week 10: Wrap up and review.


Brian Rice (percussion)

BM. Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Brazilian music specialist. Performed and/or recorded with Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Clarice Assad, Paulo Sergio Santos, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Jorge Alabe, Almir Côrtes, Rogerio Souza, Mike Marshall and recently toured with master choro mandolinist, Danilo Brito. Co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro and a member of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Choro Famoso. Brian has taught clinics at Oberlin, Cantareira College (São Paulo) and University of Campinas, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Stanford University, Southern Oregon University, University of Washington, Georgetown University, Indiana University.

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