All about that Bass Info

Escola de Bateria is a series of special one off workshops consisting of group playing, individual instrument technique, modern arrangements, songs and tips on how to direct.


All about that Bass


This is a very special one off workshop focusing on all things repique.


The repique has several functions within the bateria and to be sure to be sure there are many different types of repique used in Brazil. There are loads of samba grooves, adaptations of traditional brazilian rhythms, solo phrases and calls.


We will be using both 12" repiques plus some 16" repique Mor.

The style thought will be wooden stick and bare hand.

Time will be spent on these elements -

Many different types of grooves for samba. Other grooves include, Funk, Maculele, Ijexa and more.
Buzz strokes, rim shots, open tones with hand or stick, slaps, muted rim shots, group playing, musical arrangments and solo phrases. to choose the right repique, tuning your repique, what type of heads to use, different rhythms across 2 or more repiques plus questions from your good selves.

Participants need to provide their own instruments where possible. Some may be available on request.


As well as running weekly and monthy rehearsals in Hitchin, Bristol and Birmingham J-P also teaches special series and one off workshops around the UK and Europe.


JP Courtney is known internationally for not only his knowledge and technical ability in Brazilian music but also as a teacher. His style has seen some great results with various successful projects at national and international level.


His workshops are a great way to improve existing skills, learn new ones and get inside the heart of Brazilian carnival music.

They're also a great way to meet other musicians and people who already play Brazilian music in your area.

The sessions will move at a medium to fast pace.


This is suitable for people who

  • already play in a Brazilian carnival band

  • play other styles of percussion

  • are musically trained

  • dancers who would like to learn or improve their percussion skills


There will also be a brazilian percussion instrument shop open on the day with a vairety of traditional instrumments and accessories sourced from the best makers in Rio.