Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

Music from the Bateria in Capoeira

The bateria is all the instruments that compose the capoeira. In
the bateria usual depending on what school you go to, we have three
berimbaus, sometimes two pandeiro, which is the tambourine, and we have a
atabaque, which is the drum. And also along with the instruments, we have
the clappi, which sets the rhythm for the capoeira, for the capoeiristas.
And then comes the singing, and we have the currs as well. One of the
instruments in the bateria, is the pandeiro, known also as the tambourine.
So the pandeiro can be played in a couple of different ways. So usually in
a very simple way to be played. It can be…

And this is the pandeiro. We can also in capoeira, we have three other
instruments. We have the berimbaus. And we have the gunga, also known as
the berra-boi. We have the medio. And we have the viola. These three
instruments there the ones that are real leads the roda. So we are going
to have a demonstration of the berimbaus. Have a procansisio play the
berimbaus . And there are different rhythms in capoeira. Okay. You can
play, he’s going to play just a bungalia for now.



And this is the berimbaus. And usually in a capoeira hoder, we have three
berimbaus. Two pandeiros, and a atabaque. Followed by the clapping and the
singing. The berimbaus is made with cabasa, which is a gourd berra-boi. Or
berimbaus. Which is the wood over here. And then we have the Aramie. Now a
days you can find aramie on music stores. They sell this wire for music
instruments. And we have the doe-brown. Which is just a rock. Also we can
use a coin for that. And then on my right hand I have the bacata and the
cashushi. Inside the cashushi is usually, we put seeds, any kind of seeds
that will still dry and as you hit back and forth, gives you some good
sound. And then they are pretty much three notes in the berimbaus. The
first one. By pressing the brown against the wire, softly, and then in a
way that gives different sound. Also by moving the cabasa away from your
stomach, that will give you a different sound. So we can just like scratch
softly.

And as you notice the cabasa stays on my stomach. And then if I hit a
little bit lower, and move the cabasa away, gives me a different sound.

And if I press I little bit harder and move the cabasa.

Gives me that note. So with the three notes you can play bangela.

You can also play many other rhythms only with those three notes. And we
can play some metalgrangia. Which goes:



And that was some metalgrangia. The atabaque is part of the bateria in
capoeira. Which is the drum. Now its called capoeira roda. We place the
atabaque on the left hand side. And just like other instruments. They all
follow the berimbaus. They all follow the ganz? which is more to the left.
We have ganz?, mage, and viola. And then we have the pandeiro. pandeiros,
two pandeiros. The tambourine, and we have the drums. So usually the
atabaque goes on the left and the atabaque match holds the base for the
beat. You know goes, hmm. You know goes one two three. One two three. And
also depending how what rhythm you’re playing the atabaque sometimes speeds
up, the atabaque sometimes slows down. So its like the bass in capoeira.

About the Author

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Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.