Songo – The Introduction of the Drum Set

Songo – The Introduction of the Drum Set
Last month we discussed a little about the Cha-cha drum set pattern and the fact that the drum set part comes from the conga, timbale, bongo, bells, etc. We touched on the fact that there are some latin styles that have the drum set as an original instrument in the line up. The Songo is an Afro-Cuban style that was developed in the 1970’s. Jose Luis... Read More

Repinique

Repinique
Last month we had a brief introduction to Brazilian Percussion. This month we are going to touch on the basics of the Repinique. Discussed will be a description of the instrument, its role, basic playing technique, and a few exercises. To start things off the Repinique seems to be a difficult one to pronounce. The 12″x12″ drum is pronounced “hep-in-nek” or “heh-pee-nee-kuh”. The 12″ deep... Read More

Looking at New Heads for Your Kit

Looking at New Heads for Your Kit
New heads for your kit can drastically change the sound you are getting from your drums. Let us examine a few different types of heads out on the market and what they can do for your sound. Remo, Evans, Attack, and Aquarian are the main head manufacturers in existence. They, for the most part, have heads that are equivalent to one another. Let’s take... Read More

Intro to Timbales

Intro to Timbales
Last month we discussed Afro-Cuban clave patterns. This month you will see how the clave is incorporated in patterns for the timbales. First lets get acquainted with the background of the instrument, then take a look at some main patterns, and last the players or timbaleros that have been influential. Timbales are two metal drums that are mounted on a stand and played with cowbells and... Read More

Intro to Brazilian Percussion

Intro to Brazilian Percussion
Brazilian music is often classified under Latin music, however they really are different in instrumentation and feel. They may share some of the same roots but are not interchangeable. First lets take a brief look at the types of percussion instruments found in Brazilian music, a couple main concepts to the rhythmic structure and feel, and some different styles that are commonly found in Brazilian music. There are... Read More

Berimbau

Berimbau
On our tour of percussion instruments of Brazil, our next stop is at the Berimbau. We will discuss the Berimbau’s origins, descriptions, and some basic playing techniques and patterns. The Berimbau is originally from Angola, Africa and came to Brazil through Capoeira music of the Bantú slaves. Capoeira is a combination of a martial art, dance, acrobatics and music. The Berimbau has worked its way into... Read More