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    My teacher consists that i should learn to play latin music on drumset. I'm a rock drummer and my goal is to play progressive rock and some funk & jazz. Is latin music going to help me or it's just a waste of time? (i actually enjoy to play latin but i don't want to give more emphasise at latin music than i will ever need)
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    Absolutely learn it. Those rythyms played in a rock style open up so many different options.Listen to a bunch of Latin rythyms and then listen to Portnoy...or if that doesn't convince ya that they work in a rock setting..just listen to Dave Weckl play them.After ya hear Dave, wipe the drool off ya mouth,get back up (his playing will knock ya over), and plan on practicing for the rest of your life to get to about 1/10th of Weckl. The guys just a freak of nature........This would have been a good *Frank question*

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    AB. . .SO. . . FREAKIN. . . LUTE. . . LY!!!

    It will help you with your 4 limb independence. It will help you to write in things other than straight 4/4. You can apply the beats, or variations thereof, in rock / jazz tunes. Go the the 'Cowbell Grooves' thread in here and look at the 'Late in the Evening' video someone posted. That is a pop tune with a Latin beat.

    I am taking lessons again this Winter to bone up on those Latin grooves. I can play corruptions of them, but I wanna learn the real things. ('Real' in the sense that they are adaptations of a whole percussion section to a kit, of course.)
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    It's "insists", not "consists" for the record. Not criticizing you but just helping a buddy out.

    Definitely get a handle on basic Latin rhythms if you're going to play progressive music in any fashion. I learned it and it changed everything. I've actually been hired over other drummers before because they liked my Latin chops.

    ADC, welcome to our forum. Glad to have you hear and feel free to ask any questions you ever have. There are plenty of people here willing to help.
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    Like everyone has said, it will certainly help. However if your practice time is limited and you need to get your rock gig ready quickly then I can see taking a more direct route and learning the actual grooves you will be using. You can always let your teacher know you want to go back to the latin later.
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    It's only a waste of time if you waste the knowledge. Regardless of the type of music you play or want to play, learning different styles and the techniques that go along with it will only make you more creative. Jazz and Funk in particular are heavily enfluenced on ethnic styles, including Latin, African, Brazilian etc. You should learn as much as your brain can hold.

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    Thank u guys. You are all very helpful. I really appreciate it :-)
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    Adccnotbe, it has been said in here before that we should all strive to be well rounded drummers. It was Drummer himself that pointed out that if a drummer considers themself to be just a rock drummer and trains only for that, if music shifts to another style, the rock drummer ends up washing cars to make a living. Be well rounded, nad then you are ready for anything. I think your teacher believe you have it in you to move on in your studies, but if you disagree, you need to talk to your teacher, and as Rat A Tat Tat said, let your teacher know you want to get to Latin rhythms a little later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adccnotbe View Post
    My teacher consists that i should learn to play latin music on drumset. I'm a rock drummer and my goal is to play progressive rock and some funk & jazz. Is latin music going to help me or it's just a waste of time? (i actually enjoy to play latin but i don't want to give more emphasise at latin music than i will ever need)
    latin helps your jazz and everything else.
    stick to it and LISTEN to the music as well. learn to fully understand it, how it works and WHY they do what they do.
    you can incorporate everything into everything
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    Can you tell me some latin bands that i could listen? I listen to Los Van Van a lot lately but i don't know any other bands.
    Drumming till my arms and feet go dead!!!

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