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Played with a stick and used in Brazilian samba and reggae to signal shifts in tempo or dancer movement. This...
Essential Brazilian percussion.
As you grow as a drummer, it's understandable that you would want to experience and understand different rhythms and styles of play. Learning and experimenting with new drums is one of the most sure-fire ways of improving your craft, which is fantastic reason to check out a repinique. Similar to a tom-tom, a repinique is a two headed drum native to Brazil. Able to brilliantly reflect the diverse history and culture of South America, it is popular in percussion ensembles and a familiar sound on the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Its distinct sound is achieved due to a very high tension, which allows it to cut through an ensemble, making it ideal for lead work and soloing. When choosing a repinique it is important to have an idea of what kind of sound you are after and how different materials can help to achieve this sound. Generally, a repinique is made of metal, this allows for a broad tone and a sound that can carry over distance. However, some are made of wood, (for example, the rubberwood repinique from Meinl) which offers a warmer, more harmonic sound. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to materials, and whichever style you choose, you're sure to enjoy your repinique's unique tones. One great feature of the repinique is that it easily attaches to a shoulder strap that allows you the freedom of movement while you're playing. With that kind of versatility, you can lead the Samba line or just dance around your basement while practicing. There's a whole world of music out there, and as a musician it's important that you hear it. Whether you're looking to incorporate Samba rhythms into your style, or you just want to learn and appreciate something new, a repinique is a fantastic instrument to have on hand.