Samba specifics for third surdos
On this page:
- The introduction
- Pattern 1
- Pattern 2
- Mocidade break
- Funk break
- Wave break
- Drum notation
Although these videos were taken for the surdos 1 & 2, you can still see what the thirds are doing, so I think they’re useful – at least until we get some more thirds-focused material.
This is how we will start the Rocinha samba during performances – with a long call-and-response intro between the director and the band.
Since the workshop Tim and Darryn have re-arranged the intro, so what we play now is different to what we learned in November. Part 1 is the same as it was, but parts 2 and 3 have changed. The parts the directors play have not changed, however.
See Rocinha samba – whole band for more videos of the intro.
Pattern 2 with variation 2
Note there is no turn before the Mocidade break. It’s just a 4-count and in.
Ijexá is one of our two long breaks, in which we switch to playing a completely different pattern during a performance of Rocinha samba, and then eventually we return back to samba again.
The third surdos have a pattern #1 and pattern #2 for Ijexá. The signal for pattern #2 is hands held up in a cup shape.
In this video you will see the intro, pattern #1, pattern #2, the stop and the return to the Rocinha samba pattern #1.
Six-Eight is the other of our long breaks, where we play a completely different set of patterns for a while, in the middle of Rocinha samba. It’s signalled with hands showing 6 and then 8 fingers.
We play 3 pattern variations within this break. This video shows all three patterns.
As the band plays Rocinha samba, Tim signals the Six-Eight break.
It begins with our standard Chris’s samba Six-Eight pattern. This is sometimes signalled with a “C” shaped hand (but not always, and not in this video).
On the director’s signal for #2 we then switch to our old Fred’s samba pattern #1 for Six-Eight, which is the one where we step-turn in a full circle every 4 bars. Then (on a #3 signal) we switch to Fred’s pattern #2, and so on.
- Rocinha samba – 3rd surdos – (PDF, 131 KB) – by Darryn Sigley
- Rocinha samba Mocidade break (PDF, 234 KB) – by Darryn Sigley
- Ijexá (PDF, 153 KB) – by Darryn Sigley
Thanks to Jamie Baddeley for the workshop videos.