The Bossa Nova is probably the most popular Latin pattern on the drum set. Meaning “New Beat”, it originated from Brazil and really became popular in the 50s. If you’re aiming to become a professional drummer, chances are you’ll play this beat very, very often. It’s definitely a good one to have in your toolbox.

This free video lesson gives you a chance to learn how to play the bossa nova on drums. You’ll see how to simulate a clave (those sticks that are banged together to get that cool latin sound) using rim clicks. Combine that with a brush on the snare drum and you’re well on your way.

Ready to get started? Get this free Bossa Nova sheet music and use it to follow along with the video lesson below.