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TheLoneGunman
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Post Thu May 01, 2008 9:14 pm

Okay so I've been practicing the son clave and rumba clave lessons from freedrumlessons.com and I'll pat myself on the back a bit here as I've been rockin them out pretty good. I was doing the son clave beat 4 at 150 bpm, I'm pretty stoked about that, couldn't keep it together at 180 though, bass drum became hard to keep straight at that speed. But I was just goofin with them at that speed, I don't think those beats sound very good that fast. I dunno maybe I should practice them that fast. Any who...

...what my problem is is this...great now I know a pretty basic beat. But how do I vary it, and make it cool? What I think I need is some music to listen to that features those kinds of beats.

Anyone got any suggestions on what I can listen to? I was hoping tito peunte would have something, but alas he had a lot of percussion, but not much drum set beats. And I found it difficult trying to transfer all those timbales and congas and all the various wood block type beats on the kit. No clave on a lot of the music either, i thought that weird.

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Post Fri May 02, 2008 11:40 pm

I would check out some Fusion Music. There's a lot of Latin styles and beats, with some incredible drummers that play them. My favorite is Spyro Gyra. Wish I knew some good latin songs off the top of my head by them, but I don't. Sorry.

I would listen to these songs though:

Night In Tunisa
Brazil
St. Thomas

Check those out. I know they're latin, and I'm not completly familiar with the beats you described, but some latin music can always give ideas.

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Post Sat May 03, 2008 12:37 am

Robbie Ameen is very cool.
Played with Dave Valentin.
He has a video and book called "Funkifying the Clave"

Check out Chuck Silverman's video too.

Here's one of my favorites...Carlos Vega

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Or Jeff
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Post Sat May 03, 2008 12:35 pm

Got to love some Toto.

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