Maracatu Groove – Baque de Arrasto

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Baque de Arrasto (the dragging beat) is a groove most commonly played by Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nação Encanto da Alegria. For me, this groove really embodies the essence of all the maracatu rhythms. Baque de Arrasto has a constant sense of flipping over and over again without giving a strong emphasis on the downbeat. It’s easy to get lost inside of this groove, so be careful not to rush and always listen to the gonguê to know exactly where you are in the beat.   In my opinion, this is one of the most challenging grooves to play within the maracatu style.  It’s very similar to Baque de Marcação except instead of leaving a rest on beat 2, you actually add two 16th notes in that space in the alfaia.  Here’s an example of the alfaia parts for Baque de Marcação and Arrasto from my book Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion:


Baque de Marcação alfaia part:


Baque de Marcação
Excerpt from Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion. Baque de Marcação



Baque de Arrasto alfaia part:


Baque de Arrasto
Excerpt from Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion. Baque de Arrasto



Check out this video of Estrela Brilhante playing Baque de Arrasto on a song from their first CD called Dança Rainha.  They also play Baque de Parada (stopping beat) on parts of the song.  Pay attention to the main groove; Baque de Arrasto:



Here’s an example of Maracatu Nação Encanto da Alegria playing a Baque de Arrasto groove:



This is just a short overview of the Baque de Arrasto alfaia parts and general differences.  Search the Lesson Packs menu for a video lesson on this subject or refer to Chapter 5 in my book Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion where I also discuss some different caixa parts.


Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion
Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion
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