Sim­ple Son­gos

De­vel­op­ing move­ment, place­ment and dy­namic flow around the kit

Rhythm - - RHYTHM DRUM LESSONS - The Academy of Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic( ACM) is a lead­ing mu­sic in­dus­try ed­u­ca­tion provider. Hav­ing trained mu­si­cians, pro­duc­ers, song­writer sand en­trepreneurs for ca­reers in the mu­sic in­dus­try for over 20 years, with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, world-class f

The Songo is one of the most ac­ces­si­ble Afro-Cuban grooves and I was in­tro­duced to it by Bob Arm­strong as a method to de­velop my left-hand move­ment, place­ment and dy­namic flow around the kit. In this month’s ar­ti­cle we will use a tra­di­tional Songo pat­tern (Ex­am­ple 1) to help de­velop our left-hand or right-hand flow depend­ing on how you lead. As the Songo is a lin­ear-based groove ie no two limbs play­ing to­gether at the same time, it’s a great ex­cuse to run a metronome at 100bpm (4/4) and play through each line in­di­vid­u­ally to re­ally un­der­stand how all the el­e­ments work.

Use your voice to say the phras­ing and pho­net­ics to bed-in each line of theSongo groove – your voice will strengthen the ap­pli­ca­tion and flu­id­ity. Once com­fort­able at 100bpm (4/4) we then need to change up to dou­ble time so that we re­ally start to get the cor­rect feel or ap­pro­pri­ate tempo for a Songo.

As you move onto Ex­am­ples 2 and 3 you will no­tice the ad­di­tional bass drum fig­ure in the sec­ond bars, which when played at tempo will un­der­line the lin­ear phras­ing and tom flow. Ex­am­ple 4 con­tains a va­ri­ety of ideas ie snare, side stick and tom flow – but re­ally fo­cus on the place­ment of each voic­ing so that the groove re­mains con­sis­tent. Note that in the sec­ond bar of Ex­am­ple 4 we stay up on the high tom un­til the last beat where we move to the floor. Along with the Songo, Bob Arm­strong also in­tro­duced me to the in­cred­i­ble al­bum OneMoreOnce by Michel Camilo, which is my rec­om­mended lis­ten­ing to sup­port this month’s ar­ti­cle.

Toby Drum­mond isanACM DrumTu­tor­who hasper­formed­with­artists suchasTheSea­horses, ShaunRy­der,Rus­sell Wat­son,RayDavies,Celia Im­rie­andClif­fRichard. your tu­tor

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