Posted on 19 January 2008 by chan
THE TOQUE DE SAO BENTO GRANDE DE ANGOLA
TICH TICH, DIM, DOM, DOM
The rhythm of sao bento grande is the most commonly used toque in the world. It is used in most contemporary rodas and also played on the viola in traditional angola rodas.
It is NOT a traditional regional rhythm, and is not within the seven toques of regional. It is a different rhythm with the same name.
Just a few things to note:
1. When using this rhythm in the angola roda, it is usually mixed with countless variations, this is the base of the rhythm, but it is moreso used to be able to understand the timing that is necessary with the other rhythms. Once you become proficient, you will hardly even play this rhythm with this structure, because of all the variations that are added in.
2. Remember to make the notes clear and precise, don’t forget to watch the timing of when the gourd is on and off the stomach.
3. Make sure you listen to the other berimbaus, remember the gunga is the soul of the orchestra, and is always the berimbau all other instruments should answer to. Don’t get carried away.