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Latin Percussion II

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Overview

This course is a continuation of Latin Percussion I, for those who are already familiar with the fundamentals of Latin percussion rhythms and techniques. Class time includes hands-on practice and clear demonstration and explanation of how all of the various instruments work together in salsa bands and other Latin music ensembles. Prerequisites: Latin Percussion I.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
4/5 – 6/7 (10 weeks)
Omar Ledezma • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Drums

COURSE TITLE:  Latin Percussion II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is a continuation of Latin Percussion I, for those who are already familiar with the fundamentals of Latin percussion rhythms and techniques. Class time includes hands-on practice and clear demonstration and explanation of how all of the various instruments work together in salsa bands and other Latin music ensembles.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Students will continue to develop familiarity with Latin percussion rhythms and techniques in son, salsa, Latin jazz and other styles.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: Latin Percussion I

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

Review of the material covered Latin Percussion I

Week 2

The study of the basic patterns for popular Latin percussion instruments: La Marcha with 2 drums. (Congas)

Week 3

More cowbell!. The study of the timbale cowbell. (Timbales)

Week 4

More cowbell!: The study of the handbell.

Week 5

The study of the basic patterns for popular Latin percussion instruments: La Clave: a serious approach of cuban music. The instrument and the pattern.

Week 6

Discussion and presentation of basic timbale roll, or “Abanico” – an essential tool for Latin salsa songs.

Week 7

Presentation of a basic Latin salsa song structure: “Abajo and Arriba”. Students begin to practice all Latin basic patterns learned previously. Starting discussions about end of quarter performance.

Week 8

Continuation of the study of the salsa song structure. Playing along with piano and bass comping. Preparing the final performance.

Week 9

Continuation of the study of the salsa song structure. Playing along with piano and bass comping. Preparing the final performance. Adding spices!: Minor percussion instruments.

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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