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If you ever attended a Mardi Gras celebration, you're probably more aware of Pandeiro drums than you realize. These frame hand drums have a look, feel and sound unlike any other percussion instrument. The unique rhythms and patterns performed with this drum can make even the most self-conscious person forget their worries, get up on their feet, and shimmer and shake all day and night. That's just the kind of affect the Pandeiro has on people, and any percussionist player would surely benefit from learning how to play one. There are many amazing things about the Pandeiro drum, one of which is how little has changed about the instrument over the course of its long, rich history. Originating in Brazil, this drum was soon being used in religious ceremonies all over the Mediterranean before making its way to Europe in the 13th century.

Today, the Pandeiro can be heard throughout street celebrations all over the world. As unique as these drums are, there is no shortage of choices. The top drum manufacturers in the world take pride in constructing high quality Pandeiro drums, including LP, Pearl and Meinl. The LP Stanton Moore Pandeiro is the perfect option for adding a spice of New Orleans to your kit. Stanton Moore is renowned for his spectacular mix of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, New Orleans funk and American rock'n'roll, and this drum perfectly duplicates his ethnic style. This drum also comes with a 12 inch bag. Another great option is the Meinl Vented Jingle Pandeiro. Lightweight, comfortable and weather resistant, this drum is perfectly suited for outdoor playing and comes with extra-dry jingles for an exclusive appearance and sound.

For any drummer, widening your range of playing styles can only make you a better performer. After all, what makes a great drummer is being diverse and open to many different styles and tastes. And when it comes to drums and diversity, the Pandeiro couldn't be any more suiting. Give one a shot, and before you know it, you too will be bursting with the exuberance and excitement of Samba and Bossa Nova majesty.