You’ve seen the instruments. You’ve heard their sound and may have been hypnotized by the rhythm during the roda. It’s challenging to play, but once understood, will help make your capoeira game richer.
Like training, regular practice (once/twice a week) of any instrument is essential and necessary for improving your skills as it builds motor coordination, technique, muscle memory and rhythm.
Listening to capoeira music and watching videos on the internet may help, but make sure to search for toques specific to our capoeira group. Learning variations is also an important part of learning how to play but not as important as learning and being comfortable with playing the basic toques first.
The best time to learn is before training starts as we have music class prior to the regular Monday/Wednesday open class (check out our timetable).
Using a notepad or voice recorder during the music class may help you in remembering the lesson. If you have a capoeira instrument at home, set time aside to practice what you learned during the music class.
It can be frustrating at the start, but don’t let that stop your progress. Before you know it, you’ll be playing an instrument in the next roda!