Caixa in the attic info

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


Caixa in the attic.


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


The caixa is the backbone of the baterias of Rio's Samba schools and blocos. It provides the rhythm for the rest of the instruments to sit on. There are many different samba rhythms and adaptations of traditional brazilian rhythms for the Caixa.


The day will be spent learning these various aspects of the instrument. We will also cover some other styles such as Ijexa, quadrilha, maculele, funk, congo and coco.


Tecnical elements will include -

how to use various parts of the hand, arm, fingers and wrist movement, moellar technique, caixa emcima and embaixo, buzz strokes (left and right hand), how to get big accents and rim shots.

Group playing


How to choose the right Caixa


What type of heads to use

How to play with different types of sticks

Different rhythms across different caixas.

and anything else you can think of.

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 an opportunity to buy some insturments which may include caixas on the day. If you would like to pre order a caixa starting at £90 please let us know.

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.