Break the rules with this simple fusion
This month we’re taking a typical mambo bell pattern and put a walking groove under it. A lot of the timeI find that drummers don’t go near Latin or Afro-Cuban type material because they find it difficult or think you have to do a whole study in it in order to be able to use it. Only one of those assumptions is true; it’s difficult, however, once you get a couple of grooves going the rest takes care of itself – it’s truly infectious! It’s important to note that whilst we’re not taking a look at this patern in a traditional context, some understanding of it in a traditional sense is important to begin with; traditionally a mambo bell would form part of a timbale player’s set-up. It’s a long, wide and low-pitched bell and it’s pretty much what the typical ‘rock’ cowbell sound is modelled on. Also, if you don’t have a cowbell then use the ride or hi-hat, it really doesn’t matter as long as you get it going – there’s plenty of time to get hold of a cowbell!
Try and get this rhythm into the band room, or get together with a bass player and jam some ideas around it, you’ll be surprised what the possibilities are but most of all, enjoy it! Really take your time with this first exercise because it’s where it all comes from this month with the typical mambo bell pattern.