Instruction

Upcoming group classes
Description of African Drum Class
Description of AfroCuban Drum Class
Cost of group classes

Shiko, from Nigeria, is the only rhythm I teach which is neither Cuban nor Zimbabwean. It is relatively simple and easy to learn, so I like to teach it in both classes, as a great way to warm up and groove.

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African Class Demo:

Here’s a short video I made with some former students on May 5, 2015. Check it out! You can learn to do this too.

Upcoming group classes:

Next African (Rhythms of Zimbabwe) drum class series runs on Tuesdays, Jan 9- May 22, 2018, 6:15-7:45pm, with no class the week of Spring Break (March 27). There are a total of 19 classes in the series.

Classes will be held at the Kutandara Center in East Boulder. For registration information, please click here.

Next AfroCuban drum class series runs on Wednesdays, Jan 10- May 23, 2018, 5:30-7pm, with no class the week of Spring Break (March 28). There are a total of 19 classes in the series.

Classes will be held at the Kutandara Center in East Boulder. For registration information, please click here.

Description of African Drum Class:

In class we will cover a variety of traditional African rhythms of Zimbabwe. Scott learned these rhythms in Chris Berry‘s Blue Tribe School as well as in Zimbabwe. We will discuss basic technique for making the main sounds on the drum, which are bass, tone, and slap. Then we will begin to learn and combine different rhythms. I welcome and encourage use of smartphones to make audio and/or video recordings of class in order to have a reference point for practicing in between classes.

No experience is necessary, but it’s also okay if you have some! Some drums are available for use at no extra cost, but it is ideal to bring your own if you have one.

Description of AfroCuban Drum Class:

In this class, all levels are welcome, including adults and teens. We will begin with a brief discussion and practice of making the 3 basic sounds of the drum: slap, tone, and bass. Then we will jump right into playing traditional conga rhythms of Cuba. Most of what is taught will be drawn from the lineage of Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Scott received the permission to teach this repertoire from elder Jesus Alfonso (RIP), while studying with him in Cuba in 2010. We will learn first and second accompaniments, as well as breaks and bell/clave patterns, and some root lead parts. Cultural context will also be discussed.

No experience is necessary, but it’s also okay if you have some! Some drums are available for use at no extra cost, but it is ideal to bring your own if you have one.

Cost:

Cost for the African drum class series is $500 pre-pay, cash or check (no credit cards).

Cost for the AfroCuban drum class series is $500 pre-pay, cash or check (no credit cards).

For registration information, please click here.

                             I love teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.

There is no video demo for AfroCuban class at this time, but i’m working on it!

*Private lessons are available at a rate of $50/hr or $30/half-hr.

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