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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...

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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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Online Drum and Percussion Lessons

Study drums and percussion with me from anywhere in the world and in the comfort of your own home or studio. Private online lessons over Skype or any other on line video chat program is easy to set up and super convenient.  Lessons can include different types of...

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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

Rhythm Class for Drummers and Dancers (All levels)

July 28, 20177:00 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)

July 29, 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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Rhythm Class for Drummers and Dancers (All levels)

August 4, 20177:00 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)

August 5, 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

Rhythm Class for Drummers and Dancers (All levels)

August 11, 20177:00 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.

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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