Samba Rhythms for Caixa

Caixas have either curly wire snares on the bottom or wound wires on the top.

Caixas with snares on the bottom are used for samba reggae, maracatu, and other rhythms from Bahia and the Northeast of Brazil. These caixa have a lot of ring and buzz from the snares, and are 12” or 14” in diameter.

Caixa with wires on the top are used for samba in the samba school baterias and blocos, and have a very short, dry sound. Traditional Rio caixa are 12”x20cm, with aluminum or steel shells.

A new innovation is a “skeleton” caixa that has a open vented skeleton in place of a standard shell. These drums are extra dry and loud and are best suited for playing in a samba bateria.

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