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By Naomi Orton, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The pandeiro is perhaps to Brazilian music what the saxophone is to jazz and the violin to a string quartet.

Not to be confused with the tambourine, the tension on the head of the pandeiro can be tuned, which gives the player a choice of high and low notes. The platinelas (or metal jingles) also produce a crisper, less prolonged tone than the tambourine, lending more definition to rapid, complex rhythms.

The pandeiro was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese and is typically used in traditional Brazilian music such as samba, choro . . .

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