CREATIVE BRAZILIAN DRUMMING: Practicing with Brazilian rhythms- Part 1

March 15, 2011 1:23 pm in Drumset by christiano galvao

Hi, I’m Christiano Galvão from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s really a pleasure to share ideas here at the Exchange. I’d like to talk about a topic of my book CREATIVE BRAZILIAN DRUMMING released this year by Hal Leonard.

The idea is to practice hand technique using a Brazilian rhythm called frevo.


Have you guys ever felt tired of always practicing the same exercises?
What do you do to turn your practice time more enjoyable?
My choice is to practice exercises always with a rhythm.
While I’m playing it I focus in what kind of technique I’m using and how it challenges me. Have you ever tried that?

I noticed that some Brazilian rhythms are great exercises. Check this out:


From the northeast of Brazil and very popular in cities like Olinda and Recife this rhythm is a great hand workout. Usually played on the snare drum in fast tempos, frevo is a two bar phrase rhythm based on 16th notes. The accents and the roll at the end of the phrase makes it a perfect hand exercise.

Playing frevo you can practice at the same time:

  • Accents
  • Rolls
  • Speed
  • Endurance

Listen to this basic frevo groove taken from the book:


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To learn more about frevo, I suggest that you listen to:

  • Spok frevo Orquestra
  • Sivuca
  • Capiba

Check out this video of Spok Frevo Orquestra for a more detailed demonstration.  You should also listen to Sivuca and Capiba.


A nice exercise you can try is to play frevo wiht different rolls:


Begin playing frevo with an open roll (RRLL)
Then, without stopping, change to buzz roll
and six stroke roll (RLLRRL).

This exercise can be found in chapter 3 of the book.
Exercise # 1 Rolls

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There are much more what you can do with Brazilian Rhythms. If have any suggestions, like other rhythms you practice, please share with us. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
All the best
Christiano Galvão