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Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion

by Alberto Netto
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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
  • Forro, 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 traditions

About the Author

Brazilian native Alberto Netto grew up playing in samba groups, batucada reunions, and escola de samba rehearsals on the streets of his hometown of Santos. A Berklee College of Music graduate and former assistant professor in the percussion department, Netto has performed and recorded with many talents, including Claudio Roditti, Aaron Scott, Skip Hadden, Matt Johnson, Alain Mallet, Aaron Goldberg, Jimmy Greene, Oscar Stagnaro, and David Costa.


"Alberto Netto has created a wonderful sourcebook for understanding the history of Brazilian drumming. Netto's fluid drumset playing and clearly stated text results in a gem of a book."

-Modern Drummer (4 out of 5 stars)

"A masterful book on Brazilian rhythms. Alberto's expertise on the subject is conveyed brilliantly. Clearly stated, concise, easily accessible. A wealth of information all will understand."

-Aaron Scott, drummer, composer, educator

"This is an excellent approach to Brazilian drumming, showing how the rhythms are played by a full Brazilian percussion section as well as how they can be adapted to drum set. The background info is interesting and concise."

-Rick Mattingly, author of The Drummer's Time

"Excellent! These great grooves, clear and concise exercises and a cultural/historical perspective all add up to a must have book on the music and rhythms of Brazil."

-Skip Hadden, professor, Berklee College of Music, drummer, clinician and author of World Fusion Drumming

"An exceptional book by an exceptional musician and educator! With his open-heart approach in this book, he reveals the foundation of Brazilian Rhythms in such a way that I am sure will enlighten the readers and be a source of inspiration for all of us."

-Cyro Baptista

"This book is a great source of information about Brazilian rhythms. I am sure that students and musicians everywhere will find it very valuable."

-Luciana Souza, singer and composer

"This book is the fruit of much hard work and research by drummer-percussionist Alberto Netto. It covers a lot of Brazilian soil that I believe can help a wide range of musicians interested in Brazilian music."

-Claudio Roditi, jazz trumpet artist