Saturday, June 30, 2012

Afro 6/8: left hand variations - the basics

Here's something challenging for you. I've been working with left hand variations within the Afro-Cuban 6/8 (or Bembe, Naningo, whatever term you use) in a variety of formats for about the last year-- mostly applying my jazz comping books to the bell pattern. Needless to say, it's very difficult to get to a point where you can operate with normal jazz-levels of independence between the left hand and the ostinato. Here we've taken the bell pattern plus standard BD/HH parts, and run the left through a variety of basic rhythms.

As with many of our recent things, apply our basic tom moves to the left hand-- it's a real value-amplifier. When doing the moves, try playing the snare hits as rim clicks.

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