Introduction to Afro-Cuban Rhythms

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Jason Gianni goes over the different types of Afro-Cuban rhythms and the various percussion instruments used.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn the Cha Cha Pattern.
  • Learn the Mambo Pattern.
  • Learn how to play traditional Afro-Cuban percusson instruments.
  • Learn Afro-Cuban techniques, including fills, transitions, and improvisation.

Course Content

Cha-Cha #1
Jason gives a quick rundown on the history of Afro Cuban Rhythms as well as the most common instruments used and how they were moved to the drum kit.

  • History of Afro-Cuban Percussion
    07:51
  • Congas
    07:02
  • Timbales
    07:15
  • Güiro and Bongos
    06:21

Cha-Cha #2
Jason explains the Cha-Cha pattern and how to play it in the drum set with its respective fills and transitions.

Mambo #1
Jason shows how to play the Mambo rhythm in Timbales, Congas and Bells, also explains the important Cascara pattern played on the timbales.

Mambo #2
Jason shows how to apply the Mambo patterns that were played in Timbales and Congas in previous videos to the Drum set

Cha-Cha and Mambo Combined
Jason shows how to combine the Cha-Cha and Mambo patterns, and also some fills and transitions that will let us go from Cha-Cha to Mambo or from Mambo to Cha-Cha

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