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Live Jazz Concert in Edmonds

Arturo Rodriguez and his Rhythm Ambassadors served up a generous helping of cool jazz to the Tuesday lunchtime crowd at Hazel Miller Plaza, the latest offering in Edmonds Arts Commission’s 2017 Summer Concert series. The music, featuring familiar selections from the...

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Clave is the Key

(Excerpt from the self-study book entitled Tradtional Afro Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Rhythms for Drum Kit, Multiply Congas, Timbales and Bongo, by Arturo Rodriguez - Mel Bay Publications) Clave There are many styles of music in the world that use twelve and...

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The Benefits of Drumming

by Project Resiliency The Benefits of Drumming The word rhythm in Greek means to flow. Drumming is a path of healing that guides us into experiencing the flow of our mind and emotions so we may grow to experience more about our soul.   Drumming gives us an...

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Group Drum and Percussion Class Schedule

 

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  • Novice: No prior drumming experience
  • Beginner: Less than 1 year drumming experience
  • Intermediate: 1-3 years drumming experience
  • Advanced: 3+ years drumming experience

Upcoming Drum and Percussion Classes

Afro Cuban Percussion (Intermediate)

September 23, 201710:00 am
Private Residence
6021 N 35th Tacoma 98407
Intermediate / Tacoma

Audience: Intermediate level drummers (1-3 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

  3. Understanding and ...

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Beginning Hand Drum – Ruston

September 23, 201711:15 am - 12:15 pm
All Levels

Audience: If you have never played an instrument or drum or have under a year experience this class is for you.

 

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided. We will also focus on how to hit the drum to make the correct sounds.

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Audience: If you have never played an instrument or drum or have under a year experience this class is for you.

 

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided. We will also focus on how to hit the drum to make the correct sounds.

Drum and Rhythm Class for Drummers and Dancers (All levels) – Fremont

September 24, 20172:00 pm
Salsa Con Todo
211 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
All Levels / Seattle (Fremont)

Audience: Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, these isolation exercises will improve your sense of timing, groove, and ability to improvise.

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided.

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Audience: Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, these isolation exercises will improve your sense of timing, groove, and ability to improvise.

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided.

Afro Cuban Percussion (Intermediate)

September 30, 201710:00 am
Private Residence
6021 N 35th Tacoma 98407
Intermediate / Tacoma

Audience: Intermediate level drummers (1-3 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

  3. Understanding and ...

More

Beginning Hand Drum – Ruston

September 30, 201711:15 am - 12:15 pm
All Levels

Audience: If you have never played an instrument or drum or have under a year experience this class is for you.

 

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided. We will also focus on how to hit the drum to make the correct sounds.

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Audience: If you have never played an instrument or drum or have under a year experience this class is for you.

 

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided. We will also focus on how to hit the drum to make the correct sounds.

Contact Arturo

Interested in taking private, group, or Skype drum and percussion lessons from Arturo? Would you like his Rhythm Ambassadors group to bring cultural awareness through music to your school assembly or artist-in-residence program? How about live music or DJ services for a party, wedding, or other special event? Use the convenient form below to contact Arturo with your needs. Or, if you prefer, you can call Arturo at (206) 276-6401 or email him at any of the addresses below.

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For Rhythm Ambassadors: arturo@rhythmambassadors.com

For live music and DJ services: arturo@playzmusic.com

For drum and percussion lessons: arturo@interact-learn.com

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