Alberto Netto was born and raised in Santos, Brazil, where he started playing percussion at age 12 and the drumset at age 14. He studied drumset for a year at Conservatório Beethoven in Santos, then studied privately with Brazilian masters Duda Neves, Realcino "Nene" Lima, and Zé Eduardo Nazário. In Brazil Alberto performed with Alta Tensão, David Costa Quintet, Grupo Jornal do Brasil, Chico Gomes, Grupo Quartzo, Luis Arruda Paes Big Band and many others.

In 1989 Alberto received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, he has worked on stage or in the studio with many talented musicians, such as Aaron Scott, Filó Machado, Claudio Roditi, Helio Alves, Matt Johnson, Aaron Goldberg, The Sonny Watson Quartet, Deborah Frainciose, Jimmy Greene, Oscar Stagnaro, Alain Mallet, Anne Walsh among others.

In 1997 Alberto recorded his first solo CD, "Indian Summer," and put together his studio "Artdrums" to produce his own work as well as the music of other artists.

In 2000, Alberto joined the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he teaches private lessons and master classes. Accomplished in various styles on the drumset-including Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, contemporary pop, and fusion-he has presented clinics in the United States, Spain, France, and Brazil.

Alberto's instructional book and CD Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion, published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard is a top seller in the US, Europe, and Japan.

Alberto's Vic Firth Stick of Choice:

American Classic® 7A Vic Grip
Tear drop tip. Perfect for light jazz and combo.
L = 15 1/2" | Dia. = .540"
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Video Lesson Feature:

Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset

Part I:
Alberto demonstrates the various instruments that make up the samba batucada and how they translate to the drumset!


Part II:
A demonstration the various parts of the samba batucada on the drumset!



Check Out Alberto's Latest Book!

Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion
By Alberto Netto

Spice up your percussion rhythms and grooves! Learn to play the most popular and influential Brazilian rhythms on both traditional percussion instruments and the drum set. As Brazilian music has spread in popularity, drummers around the world and in many musical genres are incorporating these addictive rhythms into their music. Learn how percussion rhythms evolved and developed into the distinctive Brazilian sound—and how to transfer them to the drum set!

The included CD helps both the novice and experienced percussionist perfect the unmistakable rhythmic language of Brazilian music. Learning these basic grooves is an essential step toward capturing that distinctive Brazilian feel in your music, and are easily transferable to use with the standard drum set.

Learn all the techniques and styles vital to Brazilian percussion including:

- Hand percussion
- Samba, the most important root rhythm in all of Brazilian music
- Forró, the popular music of the northeast region of Brazil
- Carnaval rhythms, rhythms used for parades, in clubs, and for street dancing
- Afro-Brazilian rhythms, rhythms related directly to Afro-Brazilian culture
- Sacred music, music based on religious ceremonies and tradition