Buy Drums from Go Samba
An importer of Brazilian drums to the U.S. Go Samba has straps, drums, heads, mallets, just about everything you need. And if you don’t see it. Contact them and request it. They can probably get it for you. gosamba.net
California Brazil Camp
Every August people who love Brazilian music and dance gather at a redwood grove in Cazadero California to take classes and play music together. California Brazil Camp is a great way to learn traditional rhythms and dances from master teachers who are from Brazil.
Portuguese Language Classes
I can't recommend Christiane highly enough. I took one on one lessons with her on my visit to Rio this past winter. She quickly honed in on my level of Portuguese and tailored her lessons to me. I was really wonderful she wastes no time. She does Skype lessons so you can take lessons with her from any where in the world. Just like we take lessons from Mestres taking Portuguese lessons is the fastest way to improve your skills. If you're learning Portuguese and do yourself a favor and take some lessons with Cristiane!
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Musescore is a terrific free software that allows you to make electronic versions of all those great beats you've been coming up with and jotting down in notebooks and random bits of paper. They have an easy to follow beginner tutorial and end product looks really nice. Once you have an electronic copy you can easily share it with your band mates!