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Samba Pattern for Atabaque & Congas

Here is a basic Samba pattern for Atabaque.  These same patterns work perfectly well for congas.

O = Open note played at the edge of the drum.

C = Closed, or muffled note played near to or at the center of the drum head.

S = Slap note played at the centre of the drum head (slightly off to one side).

Open notes are played at the edge of the drum. The two closed notes in the middle of each set of four are played half way between the edge and the middle of the drum head (these notes are played more softly than the other notes; almost with just the fingertips). The closed and slap strokes on the beats of 2+ and 3 are played at the center of the drum head.

Therefore the hands are making a constant motion towards the centre of the drum and away again. Getting this in and out motion to work smoothly is the secret of playing the rhythm.  As you practice do forget to include the accents.

 

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