the mambo

Break the rules with this sim­ple fu­sion

Rhythm - - VIDEO & AUDIO DRUM LESSONS - pat gar­vey pat@pat­gar­

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.

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