Pandeiro 101: The Beginner’s Guide

Pandeiro 101: The Beginner's Guide

The pandeiro is a staple percussion instrument in Brazil, and in recent years made its way into a wide variety of musical genres. Like the djembe, frame drum, or cajon, you are able to achieve low bass drum-like frequencies as well as high-end sounds all in one drum. The added jingles (platinelas) can also simulate a shaker or hi-hat tone. To get you started, here is the basic “money beat” on the pandeiro (note: close-mike that bad boy from underneath for some amazing low end).

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