Schools and young people's workshops
act of hitting a drum is a very positive experience, particularly
for youngsters. It is quite a common occurence at our gigs that
children come up to us while we are relaxing in-between sets at
community events and ask (the polite one's at least) to play the
drums. We now incorporate workshops as part of our routine as demand
is high (now we still have our periods of relaxation). The picture
above was taken at the 'Wirral Festival of Food and Drink'.
Interested parents quite often help their child put the beat in the right place, and they often develop an interest of their own. If parents are too shy too play or are too busy taking photogtaphs the band members will help the youngster put the 'hit' in the right place.
We occasionally come across some very talented youngsters who take to rhythm and drumming very easily which is a bonus for us. However, everyone who takes part in the workshops without exception has fun and gets something out of the experience, and this to us is what drumming is all about.
Workshops In Schools
We can hold a percussion 'demo'to start the day in which we introduce everyone to the percussion instruments of the samba percussion ensemble or'bateria'.The instruments include: surdo's agogo bells, snare or 'caixa', tambourim, choclho, ganza, cuica, and timba.
The following is a list of some of the schools we have provided samba
This really depends on the age group, the primary school youngsters workshops are generally structured as follows:
1. Simple introduction 'call and response' rhythm.
The secondary school pupils find it easier to keep a steady
rhythm and we can give them some proper samba rhythms:
These are some of the techniques used in a samba 'bateria' or group. It depends on the age group and how quickly pupils can assimilate the information. The rhythms are quite often necessarily quite simple. Samba rhythms can be made simple, but there are more advanced rhythms and the difficulty level can be increased gradually over a period of time if 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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