A Brief History of Bembé

(Excerpt from the self-study book entitled Bembe Conversations, by Arturo Rodriguez – Mel Bay Publications) Bembe Conversations Link The Roots of Bembé The history of West Africa springs from three main sources — archaeology, oral tradition, and the written logs of foreigners who traveled there. Unfortunately, there was no written form of the African-based languages …

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Rhythm Ambassador Programs

It’s hard to imagine a gym full of elementary school children could be so quiet, but when Seattle musician Arturo Rodriguez challenged their listening skills that’s exactly what happened. “The listening skill, that’s everything,” Rodriguez told the students, before he banged out a rhythm on his cajone drum. He played a rhythm, then asked the …

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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 where as contemporary forms usually have one main drummer. …

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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 much information to learn. I needed something to help give me an edge, to …

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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 traditional and contemporary forms of music, foundation …

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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 sixteen-space matrix’s to create rhythm. So what separates one from another? The …

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An accomplished musician, author, teacher, and DJ, Arturo has performed worldwide, sharing the stage with such music legends as Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, Pete Escovedo, Brandi Carlile, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and many more.
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