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Beauty and complexity of Afro-Cuban rhythms

Download Afro Cuban drum beats pdf  Arrow   This lesson drum sheet dedicated to Afro Cuban rhythms, contains some Afro Cuban traditional rhythms, particularly difficult for the hands and feet independence.

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Introduction to the drum lesson: Afro Cuban drum beats

The basis of Afro Cuban rhythms is always a combination of various percussion sets (congas, timbales, bongo) that, together with electric or acoustic bass, set the typical Salsa sound. In the drum sheet of this lesson we present some drums-translated Afro Cuban rhythms: Cascara, Songo, Guaguanco, Mozambique and Cha Cha.
The bass drum strokes follow the bass pattern, the "Tumbao", which is rhythmically similar in many Afro Cuban and Latin rhythms.
The reference rhythmic figure for drums and all the instruments is called Clave (key). Son Clave is a two bar pattern in cutted time, that we find in many Afro Cuban and Latin rhythms. These two bars can be order reversed forming Son Clave 3-2 or Son Clave 2-3.
Rumba Clave differs from Son Clave in just one note position. Also Rumba Clave is a two bar pattern in cutted time that can be order reversed, forming Rumba Clave 3-2 or Rumba Clave 2-3.

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This drum lesson dedicated to Afro Cuban beats is a part of the published advanced drum lessons.
The advanced drum lessons are directed to the drummer who has some experience, who knows the percussion instruments, musical theory and basic drum techniques and wishes to improve his knowledge and his skills. In this part of the method for drums you'll find some exercises to improve the techniques you have learnt in the basic lessons, a deeper knowledge about different rhythms, and some studies about style and technique of some great drummers, from past and present times.
Reading the drum sheet music and the transcriptions in some of the following lessons requires a good knowledge of musical writing; even experienced drummers can find something new to learn in these pages.

Topics in the advanced drum lessons and in the online drum lessons' published drum sheet music are: Snare drum studies, Advanced drum beats and Drum solo transcriptions, with transcriptions of drum solos by Michael Bland, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams.