Rumba Guaguanco Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course
by Arturo Rodriguez
“Learning to play, sing, and dance the traditional music of Cuba has long been beyond the reach of most American drummers. In the US, authentic Cuban rumba has for decades had many fans but few truly qualified players, mainly because the form calls for loads of technique, teamwork, and dedication. Thanks to Arturo Rodriguez’ new book, the rhythmic concepts, drumming, and singing that comprise true rumba are now within the grasp of the serious student.
“You needn’t be an advanced hand drummer to feel at home here, but you do need to commit to taking a ‘course’ that imparts a wealth of information – cultural, conceptual, and rhythmic. To assist you on your journey, Rodriguez includes ‘pop quizzes’ throughout Conversations. The workbook is clearly laid out, and includes rhythmic notation, song lyrics, historical background, and a very helpful accompanying CD.
“Rodriguez has accomplished a very big task here; making it possible for outsiders to feel comfortable in some very deep cultural waters.”
Bill Keily, Modern Drummer Magazine