Latin Drumming Lessons
(Scroll down to see the full list of lessons in this
drums playing style)
Latin culture has many amazing aspects, but as musicians, we naturally
ignore every single one of those aspects and focus right on the music. Exotic, full of flavor and unique
styling, Latin drumming is unlike many other forms of drumming.
In fact, if you are a rock
drummer, or a jazz drummer, you may
have some trouble learning Latin drumming. This is due solely to the fact that the instrumentation is completely
different than that of rock and jazz.
Before you even sit at your drum kit, I suggest you go and
listen to some Latin drumming examples on the internet. You need to full understand the grooves and rhythms used in
this unique style of drumming.
Once you have analyzed some Latin drummers, you will quickly come to notice that a lot of Latin drumming
patterns are identical. What makes each song unique is the diverse implementation of fills and voices.
As I stated earlier, Latin drumming has quite different instrumentation than rock or jazz. This is because Latin
drumming employs rimshots, bell striking, and strikes to the bodies of the drums.
Latin drumming rimshots are far different from marching band rimshots, as they are struck near the edge of the
head. This makes for a unique sound which is a trademark to the Latin style of drumming.
This style also makes use of the hi-hat, which is primarily driven by
the foot. If you have trouble with your off limb, I suggest you practice until you are able to control the
hi-hat before you attempt Latin drumming.
Another tip is to practice. A lot. Latin drumming is a difficult style to learn if you are new to it, and it
will take many hours to grasp even the basics. Spend at least ninety minutes a day practicing your rimshots and
power. Latin drumming is not a style of drumming based on hard hits, so learn to control the power with which you
As a drummer in Latin music, you will not be the primary instrument. This sounds basic, as many drummers don’t
believe they are the prominent voice in their rock band, but Latin drumming is a complete different world.
As a Latin drummer, you will be but one voice among many other percussive instruments. This is important to
understand, as it means that as the beat, you will have other responsibilities as well, most of which involve
catering your playing to highlight other instruments.
Not being the primary percussive voice can take some getting used to; drummers like to improvise, add impressive fills, and be heard above all else. In Latin
drumming, the fills are merely background to the other instrumentation taking place. Basically, you will have to
learn how to play conservatively.
The last, most important tip is to keep an open mind. Latin drumming will be difficult and depending on your
primary style, frustrating as well. Don’t become discouraged; Latin drumming can be an invaluable tool in helping
you learn power control, grooving skills, and above all else, it will open your minds to further possibilities
within the world of music.
Latin Drumming Instructions And Percussion Drum Beats:
- Snare Drum Techniques in Latin Drumming
In latin styled drumming, there are a set of basic skillsets that you will need; bass drum, hi hat and the snare. This lesson will look specifically on developing your snare drumming skills.
- Guide to Bossa Nova Latin Drums Beat
Did you know that Bossa Nova is very similar to Rumba? Originating from Brazil, this style literally means setting a new trend in dance music.
- Easy ¾ Waltz Drum Beats to Master
I am sure that most of you are very familiar with the 4/4 time signature. Today’s lesson will be on the ¾ time signature. For most drummers especially those who are very familiar with rock music, the switch to learn a ¾ beat will pose a challenge to you.
- Rumba Clave Drum Beats - Learn to Play Cuban Styled Music
Let’s learn the rumba. If you have some experience in jazz drumming, you might probably have come across the clave. If not, don’t worry we will touch on that and more in this lesson.
- Songo Drum Beats - A Mixture of Rumba And Jazz
The songo beat is actually a form of Cuban drumming that draws its influence from rumba, jazz and funk. While learning the style does help you improve in your time keeping skills, this particular style does require sound foundational skills and is not meant for beginners.
- 5 Tips to Mastering Latin Drumming
Learning latin drumming is a challenge for many drummers. Check out these helping tips and advice that you can use to help you master the style and view it with a different approach.
- Tips to Playing Advanced Swing Fills
To really succeed in learning swing styles, a drummer has to have timing, control and rhythm. It’s no coincidence that some of the best drummers in the world actually play in the swing and jazz genres. In this lesson, we will teach you some advanced swing fill concepts…
- How to Apply Rims to Latin Drumming
Making use of the rims of the drumset can sometimes create contrast and dynamical sounds in our playing. Find out how you can learn to apply these in a latin drumming pattern.
- 3/4 Variations of Samba Beats
All right, now that you have a few latin drumming beats and grooves under your belt, we are going to expand your knowledge to include variations of the samba beat in ¾ timings.