Author: carldixondrums

California Brazil Camp 2018

I’m so excited and honored to be teaching a Beginning Bateria class at the 2018 California Brazil Camp. Session Two, August 26-September 1   Beginning Bateria class description: Carl’s Beginning Bateria class will focus on the instruments of the samba schools

Caixa em Cima Lesson

This lesson is an overview of my technique for playing samba on caixa em cima (caixa above, played holding the drum). It includes some exercises to develop good sound and rhythm in both hands and get started playing the most

The Brazilian Beat Podcast

I was a guest on The Brazilian Beat Podcast! We had a great talk about samba, Rio, Batería Alegría, Ginga, Colorado Brazil Fest, and more! Be sure to subscribe and check out other past episodes with some of my teachers and friends! Listen to

Updated: Brazilian samba drums for sale

Some drums from Brazil for sale! Please contact me if you have questions or are looking for something in particular.  I’ll be ordering more drums soon.  Carl   Complete item list   Large (for surdo 1+2) and small surdo (for

New Drums!

I got some great new drums from Rio and put together a quick batucada demo! In the video: Ivsom caixa, 16″ repique mor, and frigideira King surdo O Profissional 11″ pandeiro Atabaque by Tiäo Agogo by Edgar If you are

12 Samba Rhythms for Repique

  Here are twelve different rhythms for the repique that can be used as grooves or improvisations. Download the free PDF. Share the video if you like it, and leave questions in the video comments if you have them!

Samba Rhythms for Pandeiro Course Preview

Full course coming soon! This episode is an overview of the three most important families of samba rhythms for pandeiro. The next episodes will cover some important techniques and will breakdown each rhythm. Please sign up for my email list for

Online Video Percussion Courses Coming Soon!

Coming soon… Video Courses on special percussion topics. Multiple sequenced video lessons, play-along tracks, notation pdfs, all available for download and streaming.   Sign up for the email list to receive updates, join the Facebook group, and subscribe to my

Concerts with Derek Wright May 7-8

I’m looking forward to playing some creative improvisational  world fusion music with Derek Wright this week! Thursday: Concert in Denver with special guest dancers Friday: House concert in Boulder Derek Wright‘s music ( expresses a wide range of influences and reflects his