Workshops

New workshop block starts 6th September!!

Learn to play drums the Brazilian way!

At these workshops, we'll be using a wide range of Brazil percussion to explore a selection of carnival rhythms from different regions of Brazil.

This kind of music can involve large numbers of people; baterias in Rio often have up to 300 players! Because of this, Brazilian drumming is a very social activity and a great way of meeting new people while learning a new skill

Book a place: https://bookwhen.com/roddydickson

Starts: Tuesdays

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Fee: £8 per session (discounted group bookings available)

Venue: SYB Rehearsal Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street, Tradeston. 

Places: 35

Getting here: Subway: Bridge Street or West Street. Bus: after O2 Academy on Pollokshaws Road.

Instruments we use:
Surdo – Tuned bass drum
Caixa – Brazilian snare drum
Repique – High pitched drum played with one stick & hand
Tamborim – Very high pitched hand-held drum played with a single stick
Chocalho /Ganza – Different types of shakers
Agogo – 2 tone bells

 

 

Background

The classes provided by SambaYaBamba, run every Tuesday evening. Tuition is by Sambayabamba director Roddy Dickson, who has over 20 years of experience in the field and has played and studied in Rio as well as at the highest level in Europe. We aim to teach to Brazilian standards and cater to 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.


Booking in advance is essential. All instruments are provided. Please don't worry about turning up by yourself, this is completely normal and you will be welcomed in. Classes are for adults of any age.



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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, thereafter 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 does 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 get new blood as is required every so often in a large scale band. The commitments are many including ability, versatility, sociability, dedication, and time to commit to a grueling gig schedule, 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 afterward?

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

NEWS

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CONTACT

sambayabamba@gmail.com

Samba Ya Bamba is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), No. SC050632