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Afro-Cuban Coordination For Drumset

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  • Introduction 4:53


    Maria Martinez demonstrates some of the highly percussive elements of Cuban music with the band in this intro song. We will be looking at a booklet (PDF) that follows the video series.

  • The Clave 4:55

    The Clave

    Frequently used in Afro-Cuban music, the clave helps keep the style together as a time keeper and backbone to the percussion section of Cuban music. Maria discusses timing and approach for using the clave.

  • The Mambo Style Pt. 1 8:46

    The Mambo Style Pt. 1

    There's a wide variety of mambo styles and Maria shows us how it was adapted from hand percussion to the drum set. Using the clave, cowbell and even claps, she simplifies the approach and helps us understand the groove of the style.

  • The Mambo Style Pt. 2 6:03

    The Mambo Style Pt. 2

    Maria explains some other time signatures like "2/3 Clave" on the drum set, congas, timbales and more. Maria also goes through the examples listed in the PDF booklet and dives into the bongo bell pattern and some 2/3 clave.

  • The Nanigo Style 5:48

    The Nanigo Style

    Maria explores the Nanigo style and plays the groove on 2 congas before demonstrating how to translate this to a drum set.

  • The Songo Style 5:23

    The Songo Style

    The Songo Style is a blend of Cuban drumming styles combined with styles of funk and jazz. Originally performed on Cuban percussion instruments, we take take things to the drum set and the band comes in for a performance.

  • The Mozambique Style 11:08

    The Mozambique Style

    The traditional Mozambique was a form of carnival music that evolved from conga Cuban rhythmic styles. We approach these rhythms from several angles and work the ride cymbal in. Maria also talks a bit more about time signatures like 3/2 and 2/3 and clave direction and signs off with another great performance with the band.

Product Overview

Get the "Afro-Cuban Vibe" injected into your drum playing! Latin Music superstar Maria Martinez reveals her Revolutionary Studies for Afro-Cuban Rhythms in this classic Hal Leonard video series. You'll learn Coordination, Improvisation, and Feel, expanding your drum vocabulary with a vast array of Latin Drumset Grooves and Solos.

Maria covers so much ground with this series including Lessons, Live Band Performances, Hand Percussion Demonstrations and more. Maria explores Mambo, Nanigo, Songo, and Mozambique Styles, including Cowbell and Ride Cymbal Variations, Studies to Develop Left-Foot Clave, Ostinatos, Rhythm Studies, Improvising, and much more!

Also included is a downloadable PDF that contains the lesson examples Maria refers to throughout the series. Get it via the "Download Project Extras" link that will appear below the video titles list on the left of this page once you're signed in to your All-Access Web Pass. If you bought the download version of this product, the PDF is included in the download.

If you're not familiar with Maria Martinez, she is a respected drummer, percussionist, clinician, and educator Born in Camaguey, Cuba and raised in New Orleans. Maria has studied drumset and percussion with Alex Acuna, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Joey Baron, Casey Scheuerell, Alan Dawson, and many others.

Follow along with Maria and get your drum playing into the Latin Groove... Watch "Afro-Cuban Coordination For Drumset" today!

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