Clave is the Key

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...
Meditation

Meditation

A beginners guide to Meditation Back in college, studying physiology in the pre-med program at UC Davis, the competition was fierce.  The intensity of 500 ‘red hot’ students, striving to become the next doctor or veterinarian, invigorated me.  There was so...
Group Drumming

Group Drumming

Learning to play traditional forms of music in a group I believe is the most accessible and quickest way for beginners to start experiencing the music making process. Traditional forms of music requires many people to play in unison in order to complete the drum kit...
A Brief History of Bembé

A Brief History of Bembé

(Excerpt from the self-study book entitled Bembe Conversations, by Arturo Rodriguez – Mel Bay Publications) The Roots of Bembé The history of West Africa springs from three main sources — archaeology, oral tradition, and the written logs of foreigners who...

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