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Danzón (A) – 5099 – E

12 November, 2017 1374 48 No Comments


Horacio shows how to play the Danzón pattern, one of the Afro-Cuban music’s historical rhythms. This pattern is played in the Snare with both hands. Right hand plays the Snare with the Stick, Left hand plays the Croostick with the Stick.



In this section we are going to speak about different Afro Cuban rhythms and groups, and it is very important the fact that when the drum set travelled to Cuba (and drum set was born in the early ’30) we already had 15 different percussion instruments: the Bata, Tumbadora o Conga, Bongo, Timbales, Guiro, Chequere, Clave, Maracas, Quijadas, many instruments that were making the music of the island. So, when the drum set traveled to Cuba, the way to approach this new instrument by the local people was just bringing all these rhythms from the percussion instruments and incorporate them into the sound of the drum set. So, its, very important to be familiar with all this percussion instruments. We don’t have to become percussion players, but we have to know the role of each and every one of this instruments and the different parts they play on the music. This next rhythm is called Danzón and is coming from the French “contra danza” which involves a lot of violins and strings and is a very soft melody rhythm, very adequate to try to court a girl or fall in love and goes like this. 1, 2, 3, 4…


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