Rhythm’s Social Responsibilities

By Pat McLaughlin
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I spent a number of years studying with Gideon Alorwoyie, a master drummer and high priest of the Ewe tribe from Ghana, Africa. He has taught me a lot over the years and when I had the opportunity to travel to his village in the summer of 2007 I learned more than I ever expected about the Ewe tribe and gained a completely new perspective of music.

Gideon taught me the Ewe approach to percussion as well as the philosophies and views of music that the Ewe members value. Through this, he opened my eyes and taught me how to view rhythm as a true beauty of nature. (more…)

Brad Dutz – Odd Meter Conga Exercises

Brad Dutz – Odd Meter Conga Exercises

Today, we are fortunate to have an odd meter conga exercise by Los Angeles percussionist, composer and session player, Brad Dutz. These exercises will give the percussion student an opportunity to continue to work on a balanced sound while playing odd meters. Remember to practice each exercise beginning with both the left and right hands. Practice slowly and continue to work on clear tone production.

Brad Dutz Exercises

For more information about Brad Dutz, his hand percussion method book or the Brad Dutz Quartet, please visit his website.

What are your favorite conga exercises? Post them in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 2, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

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