Casual Date “Must-Know” Grooves: Intro to Brazilian Grooves

Russ Miller's "Working Drummer" series of packs will teach you practical ways to play practically every style of groove that you might encounter on a casual date or recording session. This pack covers a way to approach all the major Brazilian groove substyles.

In this “Working Drummers” series, Russ Miller presents the “must-know” that you would be expected to handle on a casual date (sometimes referred to as a “club date”—which could a wedding gig, corporate event, etc.) or a recording session. With extensive experience on every kind of gig from film soundtrack sessions to rock recordings to concerts and casuals, Russ provides these examples from his own experience. You’ll find all these grooves to be useful in many everyday playing situations.

This pack will show you a practical and stylistically accurate approach to the Brazilian substyles.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  1. Brazilian feel  and “Quasi” Clave
  2. Samba
  3. Bossa Nova
  4. Batucada
  5. Baião
  6. Assigning Brazilian Percussion to the Kit
  7. Performance Example: Brazilian

To learn more from Russ, check out his DVD, Arrival: Behind the Glass, available from Hudson Music, and The Drumset Crash Course (DVD and book/CD package, available separately), from Alfred Music Publishing, Inc.




  • Russ Miller


  • Drums


  • Brazilian
  • Latin

Skill Level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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