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Bembe Conversations

By Arturo Rodriguez

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Percussion - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Arturo Rodriguez. Latin American. E-book and online audio. 122 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications - Digital Sheet Music (M0.98080BCDEB).

Item Number: M0.98080BCDEB

ISBN 1619113937.

Welcome to the rhythm Bembe! This book is a self-study method designed to reveal the beautiful music that has been developed and maintainedin Cuban culture. This is accomplished through reading and interpreting percussion charts. While working through the progressive exercises and charts, you will begin to understand rhythms with a triplet swing, in otherwords, rhythms in multiples of three beats. In traditional Bembe, the supporting drums tend to remain rhythmically fixed, not deviating from a basic pattern. Also, traditional Bembe usually incorporates only asingle mid-range support drum. In this lesson, some of the artistic license has been applied to these traditional aspects, adding a second mid-rangedrum to the ensemble, and expanding on the basicdialogues maintained between the supporting drums. Course objectives, a bibliography, and an extensive glossary are included.

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