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This section is dedicated to one of the best brazilian instrument: The Pandeiro

We don't want to teach you how to play a pandeiro (you need a proper teacher for that!) but we hope to provide you with the basic knowledge about this beautiful instrument. 

I thank very much my great friend and teacher Gilson Silveira for helping me to develope this section and my friend Christian Velasquez for providing, in these years, a lot of great material for pandeiro and for many other instruments.. THANKS!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Pandeiro is a type of hand frame drum popular in Brazil, and which has been described as an unofficial instrument of that nation. The drumhead is tunable, and the rim holds metal jingles (platinelas), which are cupped creating a crisper, drier and less sustained tone on the pandeiro than on the tambourine. It is held in one hand, and struck on the head by the other hand to produce the sound. Typical pandeiro patterns are played by alternating the thumb, fingertips, heel, and palm of the hand. A Pandeiro can also be shaken to make sound, or one can run a finger along the head to produce a roll.

The Pandeiro is used in a number of Brazilian music forms, such as samba, choro, coco, and capoeira music. The Brazilian Pandeiro derives from the pandeireta or pandereta of Spain and Portugal.


Basic technique


For right-handed players the pandeiro is held in the left hand using thumb and middle finger to muffle the sound. The pandeiro should be kept in an horizontal position.
Fingers, thumb and heel of the right hand are used to play the strokes.




With the thumb of the right hand extended strike hardly the head about 2 inches from the rim and let the thumb rebound off the head to have a tone sustained. Use forearm and wrist and keep them relaxed while playing.



The stroke can be either "open" or "closed"
depending on your left hand (see images below).


Strike the pandeiro with the first, second, third finger tips in the upper right of the head to produce a sharp sound. Use a wrist motion from the Thumb Stroke above.

From the Finger Tips Stroke rock the hand downward and strike the head with the heel of the hand.

The right hand simply slaps the head with the full flat hand obtaining a sharp sound with no ring.



The middle finger of the left hand is used to controlopen and closed tones.

For open tones keep the middle finger off the head allowing the head to produce a sound.




For closed tones touch the head with your left hand middle finger to obtain a muffled sound.




The thumb of the left hand can also be used to mute and release from the top of the head.

Modern Approach to Pandeiro
Marcus Santos

Format: NTSC
Marcus Santos delivers a stunning presentation of the instrument, its history, and the way to play it. This DVD covers the traditional way of playing the pandeiro in popular music and also the modern approach that makes the pandeiro sound like a small drumset! This course teaches traditional styles ...

Meinl Percussion MPAB-10 Professional 10\" Pandeiro Bag, Black

Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 9.8 x 11.8 inches
All Professional MEINL Bags are made from heavy duty nylon with reinforced stitching. They protect your instruments and assure hassle free transportation. ...

Meinl Percussion PA10ABS-BK 10-Inch ABS Plastic Pandeiro

Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.6 x 11.6 inches ; 2 pounds
The Panderio is played with one hand while the other alters the pitch of the drum. MEINL Pandeiros are available with different jingle and head variations. ...

A Comprehensive Guide to Brazilian Pandeiro
Jonathan Gregory

Paperback: 76 pages
BookSurge Publishing; 2 edition (September 23, 2007)
A Comprehensive Guide to Brazilian Pandeiro is the ultimate technical study for brazilian pandeiro. The book covers a wide range of the essential techniques used to play the pandeiro. It also includes extensive rhythms, stylistic transcriptions of authentic brazilian rhythms, and a brief history abo ...

Latin Percussion LP3010 LP Brazilian Wood Pandeiro with Synthetic Head
Latin Percussion

Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 2.2 inches
The fully tunable LP Pandeiro has a balanced head and a distinctive jingle sound. Its narrow, lightweight shell allows precise hand control. ...


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  •    Groove 5
  •    Groove 6
  •    Groove 7
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