Bossa Nova Drum Set Style Essentials

Bossa Nova Drum Set Style Essentials

Bossa Nova Drum Style is the second in the series: Essential Latin Drum Set Beats. Here are simple, stylistically accurate and essential Latin rhythms and patterns to play Bossa Nova on drum set.

Over the years I collected a bunch of books that talk about playing various Latin styles on drum set. I kept going from one book to another searching for answers and ideas. There was some agreement. But mostly disagreement about what is correct for each Latin style.

Bossa Nova Originated In Brazil

The Bossa Nova is derived from the Brazilian Samba. But it is played in a much more relaxed style and at slower tempos. It was developed and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Today it is one of the best-known Brazilian music styles world-wide. The phrase bossa nova means literally “new trend” or “new wave”. A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s. It was initially popular among young musicians and college students. It remains a popular jazz and ballroom dance style. Be advised: It also seems to be the “default” drum set pattern many arrangers use for drum charts on every Latin style composition. Look at the bass part to try and identify the correct Latin style to play. See: Three Basic Latin Beats to Cover Your Ass.

The bass line retains the characteristic Samba pattern. Having originated in Brazil, the clave is slightly different from the Afro Cuban Clave varieties. See: Afro Cuban Clave Essentials. It is often referred to as a Brazilian Clave. It still has a 2-3 or 3-2 pattern. But unlike the Afro Cuban Clave, it is acceptable to reverse the clave order. The 8th note ride pattern is commonly played on a closed hi-hat or with a brush on the snare drum. The clave pattern is commonly played with a cross stick on the snare drum rim to imitate wooden claves.

You may also want to see: Samba Drum Set Style Essentials