Latin Percussion I

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Overview

This introductory course will help you develop a solid foundation in each of the primary Latin percussion instruments. You’ll learn effective technique on congas, bongos, timbales, bells and auxiliary instruments, while studying many of the Latin grooves typical of son, salsa, and Latin jazz. Soloing techniques, typical breaks, song forms and historical information are also discussed. Prerequisites: None, open to all.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
9/20 – 11/29 (10 weeks) no class 11/22
Omar Ledezma • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Drums

COURSE TITLE:  Latin Percussion I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Develop a strong foundation on each of the primary Latin percussion instruments. Learn effective technique on congas, bongos, timbales, bells and auxiliary instruments while studying many of the Latin grooves typical of son, salsa, and Latin jazz. The instructor also discusses and demonstrates soloing techniques, breaks, song forms and historical information.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn core rhythms and grooves played on Latin percussion instruments (Congas, Bongos, Timbales) in son, Latin jazz and salsa ensembles. Historical context and technical considerations will also be covered.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: None, open to all. All instruments are provided for in-class use.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS:

  • Reed-Syncopation #1
  • Stone-Stick Control for the Snare Drummer


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

– THE CONGA DRUMMER’S GUIDEBOOK BY MICHAEL SPIRO

– The Tomas Cruz Conga Method – Volume I by Tomas Cruz

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

In-class discussion of the history of the Latin percussion instruments and the relationship of the different styles that feed the modern way to play Cuban percussion

Week 2

Explore the instruments and basic technique

Week 3

The study of the basic patterns for popular Latin percussion instruments: La Marcha (the conga drum)

Week 4

Continuation of the study of basic patterns for Latin percussion instruments: La Marcha (the conga drum)

Week 5

The study of the basic patterns for popular Latin percussion instruments: El Martillo (Bongos)

Week 6

Integration of the two rhythms: La Marcha y El Martillo

Week 7

The study of the basic patterns for popular Latin percussion instruments: La Cáscara (Timbales)

Week 8

Integration of three rhythms: La Marcha, El Martillo y La Cáscara (“Abajo” configuration), starting discussions about end -of-quarter performance

Week 9

Preparations for end-of-quarter performance.

Week 10

Review of the material learned and performance pieces

Omar Ledezma Jr. (percussion, voice)

Diploma, Performance, Berklee College of Music 2003. B.S., Law School, Santa Maria University, Caracas, Venezuela 1995. Active local performer, teacher, GRAMMY nominee and world class musician. Toured with renowned artists in USA, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Has participated in more than 35 recordings, DVDs and books. PEARL PERCUSSION Artist.

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