Really hard to find anything for this lovely crazy little thingy. Can anyone give me hints for a learning path?
What are the first skills I need to acquire? Even sounding up and downstrokes I guess? And after that?
Should I start with 2-pitch rhythms or directly work on 3-pitch rhythms, treating 2-pitch as a simplification? Or is 3 pitch stuff for more advanced learners and it´s better to focus on 2 pitch and keeping the sounds even?
Google yields extraordinary few authorative materials. E.g. I could not find a single book about the cuica.
The cuica is a friction drum. You rub a bamboo stick which is fastened in the center of a drumhead. The stick is rubbed to produce a sound. The pitch can be changed by pressing fingers on the drumhead.
The sound is described to be like a dog's bark, or like monkeys, the latter description probably being more accurate.
Here is a video showing a cuica:
A cuica in a pop song can be heard e.g. in Red Hot Chili peppers Walkabout (starting from 1.45,)