Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Self-Study Percussion Course

by Arturo Rodriguez

Bembe Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course
Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Self-Study Percussion Course

by Arturo Rodriguez

Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Self-Study Percussion Course

Previously available only in hardcopy, Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music is now distributed solely as a full-color eBook in digital (PDF) format with accompanying MP3 audio. All files are delivered electronically via DropBox for you to download.

This self-study course examines the infusion of traditional Afro-Latin and especially Afro-Cuban concepts into contemporary Western music. Upon completion of this book you will have mastered many new skills that will help you become a more accomplished percussionist and, more importantly, a more complete musician. By exploring the role of percussion in traditional Afro-Cuban music, you will understand the important contribution drums make towards a complete musical piece, and that a drum is not merely a rhythmic placeholder but truly a musical instrument worthy of recognition. This book focuses drum kit, timbales, multiple congas, shekere, guiro, bongo, clave, palitos, and working in clave. There is no standard notation in this book; rather, the rhythms are illustrated with easily understood charts based on counting out subdivided beats.

Excerpt from the Course

Where am I going?” You are going to a place where you will understand a little more about the vast influence of Afro-Cuban song, dance, and instrumentation on the contemporary music scene. More importantly, you will touch upon the source of that influence – the deep well of traditional cultural waters from which many contemporary music forms have sprung.

How will I get there?” With a little reading and a lot of doing! The reading part will give me an opportunity to share with you some of the interesting tidbits of information I uncovered while researching this book. Hopefully this will wet your whistle enough to make you want to explore more – and make the hours of drumming practice a little more meaningful.

What will I see along the way?” You will see history unfolding itself into the great multi-hued quilt that is the contemporary music scene today. From jazz to pop to rock to salsa; from congas to bongos to timbales to drum kit; we’ll pause at each watering hole for just a bit to savor the liquid musical jewels that spring forth.

What will I have accomplished at the end of our journey?” You will have mastered many new skills that will help you become a more accomplished percussionist and, more importantly, a more accomplished musician. By exploring the role of percussion in traditional Afro-Cuban music, you will understand the important contribution drums make towards a complete musical piece; that a drum is not merely a rhythmic placeholder but truly a musical instrument and worthy of recognition as such.

Self-Study eBooks

Bembe Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course

This self-study course on the very traditional form of Afro-Cuban music called Bembe is designed for students at all levels. It contains text and illustrations that will help the beginner with such fundamental skills as how to position themselves with respect to the . . . . . .

Rumba Guaguanco Conversations Self-Study Percussion Course

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 . . . . .

Traditional Afro-Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Self-Study Percussion Course

This self-study course examines the infusion of traditional Afro-Latin and especially Afro-Cuban concepts into contemporary Western music. Upon completion of this book you will have mastered many new skills that . . . . .

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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  • arturo@arturorodriguez.com
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