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4.- Latin for Drummies – Candombe on drums

How to play Candombe on drums?

Remember that the drum set isn’t an instrument developed in this part of the continent so,


in order to play Candombe we’re gonna need to identify which elements of the traditional playing cannot escape from my interpretation.


First of all, let’s remember the drums, what they play and the relation with the “Madera” pattern and pulse.

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Now we’re gonna identify one or two elements of each drum.


From the Chico drum, the accented note played with the hand in every second sixteenth note.


From the Piano drum, two different elements. First, the open-tone notes played with the stick that happens together with the second “Madera” note and between the fourth and fifth note


and the bass note played with the hand and the stick staying on the head together in the first and third pulse.


Finally from the Repique drum, two different elements.


First, the “Madera” pattern with all of it variations and the last hand-played note in the fourth pulse.

Let’s use one variation of the “Madera” pattern as a hi-hat ostinato:

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Now, from the Chico drum, a note placed in the second sixteenth note of the second pulse. Cause is a high-pitched note, we’re gonna play it on the snare drum.

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In order to add the bass drum, take a look to the bass and the opened-tone notes from the Piano drum:

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Finally, from the Repique drum, let’s use that high-pitched note placed in the fourth beat:

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Here we have our first Candombe pattern. Let’s groove it!

 

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