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    Hey guys, i just read somewhere on the net that learning to play latin music can help your control and your confidence around the kit??? Is that true?? How can i practice latin music and get the most out of it??? I do play some basic songo and samba, but it's almost imposible to make a latin band in my country.
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    I don't know if it gives you anymore control and confidence but it will round you out that much more regarding versatility and freedom on the kit. It will add another element to your playing.

    The best thing you can do is listen to Latin music. You'll absorb it and after awhile, you'll be playing latin-flavored rhythms and fills almost without thinking about it.
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    The biggest advantage to studying Latin rhythms in my opinion is independence. Most latin rhythms follow a clave pattern of 2/3 or 3/2. The rhythms are much more complex than your basic 2 & 4 backbeat. Bell/ride patterns are rarely strait ahead quarters or 8ths. Each limb is always doing something different in latin music. Samba and bossa nova are great examples.


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    Latin drumming is something I want to get into as well...I'm aiming to put some more diversity in my drumming, and learn as many different styles as I can. This will also help define my own personal style a little more, which at the moment seems to be quite funk orientated
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    Latin beats will certainly help your independence. They will most likely be hard to play at first but you'll get the hang of it. I'd also start with Bossa Nova and Samba. There are tons of different variations of latin beats, I'd suggest getting a book or taking lessons from someone with a latin drumming background. It's well worth it IMO, they are very fun to play.

    Gretsch, I loved that video, that guy is awesome, lol.

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    I just started learning Latin and by the way Latin can be seperated into two distinct styles, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian . For instance, Bossa Nova is from Brazil and much Brazilian music is driven by the surdo drum and the "Brazilian Clave" which resembles the son clave but the last note is displaced. while Afro Cuban music is driven by the son or rhumba clave (2/3 or 3/2 or 6/8) pattern

    anyway, yeh it can really help your independence, you end up playing totally different things with each limb at once, it's really challenging and rewarding at the same time.

    if you're going to start learning latin styles, start with the Bossa Nova. You can find some video lessons on youtube but you would be better off finding an instructor who is familiar with the styles. Bossa is essentially 8th note ride pattern, with an ostinato pattern between the kick and hi hats 2 & 4 on the hats with the & of 2 of 3/ & of 4 and 1 on the kick. the trick is nailing the cross stick pattern on the snare which falls on 1, & of 2 and 4 in the first bar and then 2 and the & of 3 in the second bar. It's really hard to explain online but if you search you tube you'll find some good examples

    heres a real good one . strange guy but good instruction, he's heavy on the kick though, you really have to play heel down and feather the kick, very lightly
    [ame=""]YouTube- Dr. Bop Plays Bossa Nova[/ame]
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