Pandeiro Course

Scott has crafted an online learning experience that is inspiring, fun and informative.

If you’re just beginning to play the pandeiro or wish to bring your skills to the next level, this is a great course for you. By now you’ve probably seen tons of amazing pandeiro players from around the world and you’re inspired to start playing.  Now’s the time!

When you subscribe to this pandeiro course, you’ll get instant access to the entire library. Our online forum allows you to interact with other members as well as submit questions and get weekly responses directly from Scott Kettner.  This course is designed to take you step by step, starting with technique and how to hold the pandeiro and will also explore different grooves and rhythms from around the world.  There are lessons suitable for absolute beginners and some that will challenge even the most experienced player. My goal is to help you develop good pandeiro technique and grow as an artist.

When you subscribe you’ll become a member of a growing worldwide community connected through the pandeiro. As a member of WDL, you’ll have access to Scott’s approach of playing the pandeiro where he provides the tools necessary to bring your knowledge and playing to the next level.


Bring Your Playing To The Next Level

Get started now

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Getting Started

    • What is The Grid Technique?

    • Three Zones of the pandeiro.

    • Modify Your Pandeiro - Make it Lighter

    • Modify Your Pandeiro - How to Tune

    • Modify Your Pandeiro - Dampen the Jingles

  • 02

    Technique Development - Left Wrist+Right Hand

    • Get A Grip - How to hold the pandeiro.

    • Pandeiro Left Wrist Exercise

    • Right Hand Technique

    • Practice Rhythm Routine

    • Pandeiro Accent Exercises

    • Pandeiro Accent Exercises - PDF

    • Left Wrist Stamina Exercise Part 2

    • Left Wrist Stamina Exercise Part 2 - PDF

    • Pandeiro Clave Accent Exercise

    • Left Wrist Stamina Exercise - 8th's - 16th's

  • 03

    Bass Tone Lessons

    • Bass Tone Exercise #1

    • Bass Tone Exercise #2-4

    • Bass Tone Exercise #5-7

    • Pyramid Exercise #1

    • Pyramid Exercise #2

  • 04

    Slap Tone Lessons

    • Slap Tone Intro

    • Slap Pyramid #1 V2

    • Slap Pyramid #2

    • Slap Pyramid #3

    • Slap Pyramid #4

    • Stamina #1

    • Stamina #2

    • Slap Tone Pyramid and Stamina Exercises

  • 05

    Pandeiro Paradiddle Exercises

    • Paradiddle Lesson #1

    • Paradiddle Lesson #2

    • Paradiddle Lesson #3

    • Paradiddle Lesson #4

    • Lesson #5 - Put It Together

    • Lesson #6 -Add Bass to Diddles

    • Lesson #7 - Flip Your Grid

  • 06

    Pandeiro Inspiration from Great Pandeiro Players

    • Youtube Videos

  • 07

    Big Chief Groove for Pandeiro

    • Big Chief-Intro

    • Big Chief-Step 1

    • Big Chief-Step 2

    • Big Chief-Step 3

    • Big Chief-Step 4

    • Big Chief-Step 5

    • Big Chief-Groove PDF

    • Play Along - Loop 141bpm

  • 08

    Bass + Slap Tone Combination Exercises

    • Pandeiro Bass+Slap #1-4-Intro

    • Pandeiro Bass+Slap #1-4-Exercise

    • Forró Groove - Intro

    • Forró - Groove Exercise

    • Forro Groove #2 Intro-Pandeiro

    • Forro Groove #2 Exercise-Pandeiro

    • Forro Fill #1 Intro-Pandeiro

    • Forro Fill #2-Playalong Intro-Pandeiro

    • Forro Fill #2-Playalong Exercise-Pandeiro

  • 09

    How to Play Samba in 5 Steps

    • Intro - Samba in 5 Steps

    • Step 1 - Intro

    • Step 1 - Play Along

    • Step 2 - Intro

    • Step 2- Play Along

    • Step 3 - Intro

    • Step 3 - Play Along

    • Step 4 - Intro

    • Step 4 - Play Along

    • Step 5 - Intro

    • Step 5 - Play Along

Hear What Our Students Think

Jeanette Spicer

5 star rating

“As a newbie pandeiro player with plenty of lockdown time on her hands, I found this course to be thorough and clear. With just enough challenge to motivate me without sending me into a panic, I found that, with a little dedication, my left hand te...”

Read More

“As a newbie pandeiro player with plenty of lockdown time on her hands, I found this course to be thorough and clear. With just enough challenge to motivate me without sending me into a panic, I found that, with a little dedication, my left hand technique has grown stronger and my clarity of tone is improving. Thanks Scott!”

Read Less

Subha Das

5 star rating

“This was presented very well. Great demonstration and explanation. Thanks Scott!”

“This was presented very well. Great demonstration and explanation. Thanks Scott!”

Read Less

ifeyinwa onugha

5 star rating

“The Pandeiro course is fantastic. I've gone through it and learnt a lot. The course focuses on technique and some early rhythms and grooves. Looking forward to some more complex grooves to learn for those of us who are ready to take the next st...”

Read More

“The Pandeiro course is fantastic. I've gone through it and learnt a lot. The course focuses on technique and some early rhythms and grooves. Looking forward to some more complex grooves to learn for those of us who are ready to take the next step. Thanks to Scott and team!”

Read Less