In capoeira, the Berimbau commands the game, setting the tone for the kind of game to be played. Over the years several distict berimbau rhythms called toques have emerged as part of capoeira. Learning to play the various berimbau toques is important for the following reasons:
- It helps in improvisation, using all the different sounds of the berimbau.
- It helps you get more in tune with the rhythm of each game type.
- Enables you to fully participate in the bateria as either Gunga, Medio or Viola.
These are traditional capoeira rhythms used in Capoeira Angola. The rhythms are generally played slower than Regional rhythms with a lot of variations.
São Bento Grande de Angola
São Bento Pequeno
Toques de Mestre Bimba
These are rhythms associated with Capoeira Regional. Most were developed by Mestre Bimba and released on his album Curso de Capoeira.
São Bento Grande de Regional
These are traditional capoeira rhythms.