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Next block starts Tue 15th January 2019

Title: Glasgow Samba Workshops: Brazilian Percussion
Starts: Tue 15th January 2019
Ends: Tue 25th June 2019
Duration: 22 weeks
Time: 7pm for 7.15 start. Till 9.30pm
Fee: £7/week
Venue: SYB Rehearsal Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street, Tradeston. (subway: bridge street or west street, bus after O2 Academy on Pollokshaws Road.
Places: 40
Music: Cross section of Brazilian carnaval styles


Your chance to learn how to play and learn about the infectious sounds of Brazilian street music in a large group. This is suitable for beginners and musicians alike - as well as sambistas looking for experience on other instruments. Instrumentation will be made up of surdos, caixa, repique, tamborim, timba, agogo bell and ganza (shaker). We will mix and match brazilian styles to give a broad base, looking at different techniques of playing, then learning some breaks and fitting the arrangements with carnaval songs from the diverse regions of Brazil. At the end there will be a gig where we can wow the audience with our new skills and feel a well deserved sense of accomplishment.

Background

The classes provided by SambaYaBamba, run in blocks every tuesday evening. Tuition is by samba director Roddy Dickson and assisted by Doug Summers, both of whom have over 18 years of experience in the field and have played and studied in Rio as well as at the highest level in Europe. We aim to teach to Brazilian standard and cater for both beginner level and those with musical or drumming experience. So whether you're just in it for fun or have serious drumming ambition there will be plenty for you to get to grips with.

There is also a very important social side to samba which is at it's heart a music of celebration. At the end of each block we arrange a gig to work towards, this is traditionally very well attended and anyone that has done it before will tell you, it's slightly nerve wracking but great fun!

All instruments are provided. Please don't worry about turning up by yourself, this is completely normal and you will be welcomed in. It helps us to plan if you can ping us an email in advance to roddydickson1@gmail.com to let us know you're coming. Classes are for adults of any age.

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The classes hosted by the well known Glasgow samba band, SambaYaBamba, run in blocks every tuesday evening. Tuition is by samba director Roddy Dickson and assisted by Doug Summers, both of whom have over 15 years of experience in the field and have played and studied in Rio. We aim to teach to a Brazilian carnaval standard and cater for both beginner level and those with musical or drumming experience. So whether you're just in it for fun or have serious drumming ambition there will be plenty for you to get to grips with.


There is also a very important social side to samba which is at it's heart a music of celebration. At the end of each block we try to arrange a gig to work towards, this generally raises the roof and anyone that has done it before will tell you, it's slightly nerve wracking but an utterly energising experience!

Please try to join at or near the beginning of a block, exceptions are possible but it helps us to progress the material if people attend full blocks. It helps us to plan if you can ping us an email in advance to roddydickson1@gmail.com to let us know you're coming.

FAQ

Do I need my own drum?

All instruments are provided.

Do I need to wear earplugs?

YES - samba is extremely loud and can cause conditions such as tinnitus. Basic earplugs are given out on the first night of a block, therafter they are 50p a set. Or even better, buy a better set online for around £10 or professional musician ones for more.

What if my friends are not crazy enough to accompany me?

Please don't worry about turning up by yourself, this is completely normal and you will be fully welcomed in.

Where are the workshops held?

The classes take place in SYB's rehearsal space in Kilbirnie Street, Tradeston (close to the O2 Academy). A short meander from West Street and Bridge Street Subway stations. Easy access from bus stops on Pollokshaws road at Eglinton Toll (where the M74 crosses overhead) The space is far from fancy but in that way, does have something of the feel of a real Rio samba school!

How do I join SambaYaBamba's main performing band?

Completion of these blocks do not lead directly to an invitation to join the performing band - however it is worth noting that aside from a transfer from another band, this is the only place SambaYaBamba can look to to get new blood as is required every so often in a large scale band. The committments are many including ability, versitility, sociability, dedication and time to commit to a gruelling gig schedule and however it is a very rewarding lifestyle choice for those it suits. If you are interested in pursuing this path the advice would be to be good, committed and make yourself useful by learning multiple instruments.

Do participants socialise afterwards?

It has been known. The Laurieston Bar is a popular and welcoming establishment nearby.

 

 

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