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    On Reinventing Yourself

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    Full Circle So…if you have been following my path at all with the latest project- IC2, you know that it is coming to a close. Its now June 2013…so many things have happened since the beginning of the project. I have learned so much about …

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    Coro bell Independence

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    Welcome to the next workshop.  Although there are many books and there is much discussion about the patterns played on the bells, this is without a doubt a topic that is understood at a much deeper level when you listen to the music and take …

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    Coro Bell 101

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    HI Folks!! In this next workshop we will focus on a few different things. A) Basic Coro / Bongo Bell patterns. B) Learning a few new terms that will help you function in an ensemble. C) Basic independence with the Coro bell. Just to review, …

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    Contra Campana and Coro Bell

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    When playing in a Salsa band, there will be many times when you are the sole provider of bell bliss. It’s pretty common for the drumset to play the timbal parts and sometimes even replace the timbalero on gigs. This is sometimes done because of …

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    Clave Directions

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    Clave Directions 3-2 or 2-3? We have set a nice foundation for understanding how the clave time line functions. Now it is time for a few basic guidelines that you use when playing the music and following charts. We have all heard the terms 3–2 …

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    Understanding Clave – Part 1

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    It’s time to focus on the next steps in becoming a Latin player. Learning details of each style. I should tell you first that this is a road with no ending. Styles come and go and the variety that can be studied, is mind boggling. …

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    New Members Forum on the membership site!

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    Greetings We now have a members forum on the membership site! Where I will answer all your questions about any of the material related to the site. IC2 Songs, lesson videos. The Online lessons section material and any other drumming related questions you might have. …

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    He said she said part 2

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    Welcome to our next workshop. Here we continue exploring the call and response (macho – hembra) phrasing concepts that we discussed in the last post. It is essential that you have the ability to hear and create call and response phrases, and that they flow …

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    He Said she said / Call and answer type phrasing

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    He Said she said / Call and answer type phrasing.   In Afro Cuban music, timbaleros (timbal players) call their timbales “macho y hembra” which means “male and female” (the smaller drum being the male). The interplay between them can get almost as complex as …

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    Creating Space Between Rhythmic Melodies- The 4 Bar Cycle

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    Greetings once again and I hope everyone is fine! Lets get right down to it. We continue with our ear training for “Latin vocabulary” using the rhythmic concept of RTS. Relayed Time Shifting. Rhythmic training and independence exercises are essential if we hope to function …

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