Patterns and breaks


Choose a pattern or break from the table below to navigate to the section with a video example.

ALFAIA GONGUÊ/BELL XEQUERÊ GANZÁ / MINEIRO
Xequerê pattern Ganzá / Mineiro pattern

 


Pattern I – Malê:
 

Played in songs:

 

male
Counting:
male pattern
Pete’s example of the break every fourth beat:


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Pattern II – Marcação:
 

Played in songs:

 

Call in:


Basic pattern:

marcacao

Counting:
marcacao

Turn + meião:


Meião + Virado:
With marcação as the base level played by most of the band, some band members can choose to play more beats in the pattern. Meião is one level up (shown with one finger pointing up) and Virado (with some more additional beats) is two levels up (shown with two fingers pointing up).

Long Meião
Example of another meião (long, 4 beats):


Pattern III – Arrasto:

arrasto




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Tu Maraca:
Version 1:


Version 2 (played with the band):




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Leão Coroado:





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Estrela:

meiao
Counting:
estrela




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Parado:
 

Played in songs:

 

parado




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Martelo:
 

Played in songs:

 

Basic pattern + turn:

martelo

Adjusted martelo:





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Donkey pattern:





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Quê que tem, Jé?:
Pronounced as “sherpa tenzing”.





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Combinations of two patterns:
The two bell patterns can also be combined – merging the first part of the Donkey pattern with the second part of the Quê que tem, Jé?, or the other way around, as in the examples below.

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Bell break:





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Xequerê pattern:





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Ganzá / Mineiro pattern:





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