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Drumming is a superb team building exercise for businesses and corporate events. The act of hittimg a drum is in itself enormous fun and a great deal of satisfaction can be derived from playing percussion.. In a samba workshop the group contribute their (at first easy) drumming patterns, which become part of a larger drumming piece. As in business so in drumming. The contributions from smaller units within the organisation form a part of a bigger business, and so in the case of percussion music the rhythmic patterns from the seperate units all work together to create what is an inspiring and uplifting percussion sound.

Most people can immediately get a sound from a drum, it doesn't take years of practice to do this. Drummimg is accessible to all. The patterns need not necessarily be difficult. In fact putting a single 'hit' in the rght place is often all that is required.

When embarking on a session of drumming everyone is in the same new situation that they probably haven't experienced before, and this naturally leads to an understanding and empathy with the other members. They are all experiencing and creating sounds they have never been involved with before together.

Drumming is essentially great fun and the sound the group creates is powerfully uplifting. The end result is an awesome sound that reverberates through the room and courses through our body. It is a very poweful experience.
What happens First?

Reducing Stress
The theraputic effects of drumming are well known. The act of hitting a drum relieves tension and channels energy creatively, in fact a study by a Dr Bitman said that "Drumming sessions at work could help employees defend themselves from stress and lower staff turnover" Drumming creates a state of 'connectedness' when played with a group of people and can lead to greater harmony within the group.

Music and rhythm are very much part of our lives. Evelyn Glennie, the world famous percussionist said that "We need to eat and we need to sleep, and we need music".

Listen to the sound of our drum group 'Oxiris' to get a feeling for what an experiental drumming session is like.

What happens in a workshop?

  • An introduction to the instruments and some basics will be explained.
  • Participants will be split into smaller units defined by the instruments they are playing.
  • The group will listen to patterns played by the tutor and will be asked to play them back
  • As percussion will be new to most people the patterns will be at first very easy..
  • We will progress at an easy pace and very gradually new material will be introduced.
  • Smaller groups will play as a unit, and together with the whole group.

    Samba percussion contains the following simple rhythmic elements

    1. An introduction, which is based on 'call and response' with the team leader.
    2. A central, main 'groove' or rhythm involving each section of the group.
    3. A short 'break' which all the band play together.
    4. Direction of each section of the 'bateria' or percussion group to play or keep silent whilst the other 'section' or group of people within the group play.
    5. Bringing everyone back into the main rhythm or 'groove'.
    6. A drum 'chorus' where all the drummers play the same rhythm.
    7. If there is time another secondary rhythm or 'groove' can be introduced.

These are some of the techniques used in a samba 'bateria' or group. It depends on how quickly participants can assimilate the information. The rhythms are quite often necessarily quite simple. Samba rhythms can be made simple, so everyone should feel comfortable. There are more advanced rhythms and the difficulty level can be increased gradually over a period of time. This only happens when a course of workshops is embarked upon. The act of hitting quite large drums, agogo bells, tambourims, etc. is in itself enormous fun.


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