The Complete Pandeiro Guide - Part 1

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The Complete Pandeiro Guide - part 1

In these tutorials, you will learn everything about the pandeiro and its rhythms from scratch on. Starting with general and useful information about the instrument, you will continue learning how to produce all basic and advanced sounds with the right technique. Many exercises with on-screen notation will help you to get the best out of your pandeiro. All notations can be downloaded separately in PDF format. The following chapters focus on traditional Brazilian rhythms played on the instrument: Samba, Choro, Maxixe, Polka, Partido Alto, Samba de Roda, Forró, Baião, Xaxado, Xote, Arrasta Pé, Ciranda, Marcha, Frevo and Coco. You will also hear about the history of the rhythms, how to practice the right swing, how to play together with other percussion- or string instruments and how to variate on the rhythms. You will learn different playing styles and techniques of the masters in Brazil, such as Jorginho do Pandeiro, Marcos Suzano, Mamão and others. Play-Along tracks help you strengthen and deepen your groove. 14 sections with in total 73 chapters will guide you through the world of Brazilian rhythms and its most important instrument: the pandeiro! Material for a (life-) long time!

Your Instructor

Matthias Haffner - Author of the Complete Pandeiro
Matthias Haffner - Author of the Complete Pandeiro

Matthias Haffner has more than 30 years experience of playing Brazilian percussion. He studied Brazilian-, Cuban- and world-percussion at the conservatory in Rotterdam from 1996 - 2002 and played in countless bands and projects. His work includes projects together with the samba-legend Paulinho da Viola, choro virtuous Paulo Moura, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Rogerio Souza and the EPM in Rio de Janeiro.

Haffner lived in and travelled to Brazil several times to study with the masters there: Marcos Suzano, Bernardo Aguilar, Guello, Celsinho Silva, Jorginho do Pandeiro, Robertinho Silva, Jovi Joviano, Sergio Krakowski, Mamão etc. In 2014 he made a tour through Minas Gerais with his Choro Trio Bola Preta and travelled to Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio to work on a unique project: a video documentary about the Pandeiro. On this trip, he met many old and new Pandeiro masters. Matthias Haffner is teacher for Brazilian percussion and Pandeiro at the first Choro school outside Brazil: the EPM Holanda, based in Rotterdam, an official branch of the famous Choro school EPM in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2016, he moved his base to Berlin / Germany, where he plays and teaches regularly. There, he also founded his monthly Roda de Choro and a huge Pandeiro orchestra, the Pandeirada Berlin.

Haffner gives masterclasses for Pandeiro and Brazilian percussion in whole Europe (Holland, England, Portugal, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey) and abroad (New York, Salvador, Japan, Taiwan).

In 2018, his book “Blocos Afro” about the Afro-Samba tradition in Bahia, and his instructional DVD about the pandeiro will be published.

Besides his career as a musician and teacher, Haffner also builds high quality Pandeiros together with his colleague Perander: the HP Pandeiro.

Websites: (musician) (pandeiro luthier)

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