There are many styles of music in the world, and many unique assortments of instruments as a result. This is a great benefit to you as a drummer, since the result is a virtually limitless selection of drums and other percussion instruments for you to choose from. One such drum, the surdo, is an alternative to the standard bass drum and traces its roots to Brazilian musical culture. Surdo drums provide all the deep, thundering power of a bass in a wearable size and shape. Some surdos are made from wood for a classic look and feel, often preferred by those who mount the drum on a stand to play it along with a complete set. For a percussionist who prefers to sling the surdo over the shoulder and play while standing, a lightweight aluminum model is a practical solution. Either material produces amazing sound, with surdos ranging in size from 16" to 29" for a range of available tones. Whether worn from a waist belt or shoulder strap, or set on a floor stand to integrate into a larger drum set, the surdo is as versatile in its playing style as it is in its wearing and mounting options. Traditionally, the surdo is played with one or two felt beaters. If you're playing with one beater, you will likely pair it with your hand to achieve a variety of different tones, or to use your hand as a brake to control the resonance of the drum. As with many percussion instruments, there is no wrong way to play the surdoâ€”it's up to what works for you. Take advantage of the surdo's versatility and make the instrument your own: worn on a sling or mounted on a floor stand, played with two beaters or just one; the choice is yours to make. Play solo or take up any of the traditional roles in Rio-style carnival samba or samba-reggae. Whatever your preference, the surdo is an expressive percussion instrument that shines in any musical style.