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Forum: Drum Technique 12-04-2009, 01:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,122
Posted By MEL
Re: Afro-Cuban, Son, Rumba, 6/8 etc Claves DVDs

Roicel Riveron, of Manolito y Su Trabuco; and Samuel Formell, who replaced Changuito with Los Van Van and has also played on albums by Pupy y Los Que Son Son, are monsters on the kit. They are both...
Forum: General Discussion 12-01-2009, 11:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,792
Posted By MEL
Re: Drums sounds from things that aren't drums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPfj-qEPWk
Forum: Drums 11-22-2009, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,124
Posted By MEL
Re: Bongos

Right now, the bongo is my main instrument. If you are looking to save money, I would advise you to get a decent set of shells and hardware, and swap out the heads for something better than factory...
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2009, 11:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,103
Posted By MEL
Re: clave term question

Good ears — you're right :)

According to the online book at timba.com, timba drummers often play part or all of that pattern; but "counter-clave", meaning just on the "2-side" of the clave. The...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2009, 11:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,103
Posted By MEL
Re: clave term question

I've seen that pattern referred to as Gagá, which is a Haitian term, I think. However, it exists in the music of so many cultures, that I'd bet there is more than one term for it.

That BD pattern...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-05-2009, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,968
Posted By MEL
Re: Conga "Slap" technique

It's impossible to tell what's going on without seeing/hearing your technique; however, while your drums may be tuned wrong, those drums are fine for a beginner, so I wouldn't worry about them.
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Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2009, 09:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,330
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

LOL. I've draped a t-shirt or a light towel over my drums to reduce the volume of the tones and slaps. I prefer the feel of skin on skin, but playing with some cloth over the drum head really makes...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-20-2009, 12:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,330
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

Pollyanna: It sounded like you were playing basses and tones in your example. I think you should try tuning your drum higher; it will help you get the different "slap" sounds. So will moving up to...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-19-2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,330
Posted By MEL
Re: improved DJEMBE lesson

To return to Jason and Garvin's orginal debate, I wonder if it would be productive to have a precise, standardized vocabulary for all the sounds you can get on hand drums.

In particular, it...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-29-2009, 11:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,297
Posted By MEL
Re: Good Hand drum and Afro-Cuban Percussion texts?

Michael Spiro is the man for conga instruction. Google him or check out his DVD and book on Amazon (the DVD covers the basics, the book is for intermediate/advanced -- literally a lifetime of work...
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2008, 11:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,446
Posted By MEL
Re: drum teaching - when do you give up on a pupil?

Elementary school music teachers sometimes use clapping games like pat-a-cake to teach rhythm. You can vary the sounds by hitting your chest for a bass sound, etc.

The idea is that it's a fun,...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-22-2008, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,245
Posted By MEL
Re: Can teachers give advice on learning Latin?

Wow! You put a lot of stuff up there.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-19-2006, 02:59 AM
Replies: 597
Views: 58,461
Posted By MEL
Re: Post your Greatest Weakness

Not rushing, especially fills; relaxing when playing fast tempos.

EDIT: That and spending too much time on line, not enough practicing while making long rambling posts. However, as you can see,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2006, 07:09 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 48,395
Posted By MEL
Re: PROTECT YOUR EARS.

DRUM magazine, May 2006, page 28: "Ordinary cotton balls or tissue paper wads pressed into the ear canals are very poor ear protectors"

"cotton and tissue are useless"...
Forum: Drum Technique 05-03-2006, 04:44 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 161,082
Posted By MEL
Re: DRUM INSTRUCTION DVD & BOOK REVIEWS

The Tomas Cruz series (books w/ DVDs included, from Mel Bay, available at amazon.com) is excellent for learning conga parts for Salsa, Latin Jazz, etc. and is the only source I know of if you want to...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-30-2006, 07:05 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 161,082
Posted By MEL
Re: DRUM INSTRUCTION DVD & BOOK REVIEWS

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Amazing solos and interplay between Horacio "EL Negro" Hernandez (top Latin drumset player) and Giovanni Hidalgo (top conguero)...
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