Bossa Nova Drum Set Style Essentials

Bossa Nova is the second in the series: Essential Latin Beats for Drum Set. Over the years I have collected a bunch of books that talk about playing various Latin styles and patterns on drum set. I kept going from one book to another searching for answers and ideas. Here are simple, stylistically accurate and essential Latin rhythms and patterns to play Bossa Nova on drum set.

Drum Set Method Book Recommendations

I thought I would list the method books that frequently are on my music stand. These are the books I most often use to practice. Over time, I have added and subtracted from the pile. In fact some of the books are recent additions. However, some of the books have been on my stand for years and will continue to be there.

AHEAD Speed Kick Beaters and Stick Bag

AHEAD Speed Kick (Switch Kick) bass drum system allows quick changes to a variety of custom bass drum beaters. And the Speed Kick Stick Bag holds 4 beaters and 6-10 pair of sticks conveniently attached to a floor tom.

Stone Stick Control for Drum Set

I frequently teach with Stone Stick Control pp. 5 – 7. Here are some basic-beginning drum set exercises I use from these 72 sticking exercises. I have the student play eighth notes or quarter notes on a closed hi-hat and play the R’s on the bass drum and the L’s on the snare drum.

Vintage Aquarian Drum Heads

Aquarian offers a quality selection of vintage style drum heads designed to provide a vintage sound and appearance on drum set. These heads are especially suited for older vintage drum sets.

Aquarian Drum Heads

Recently, I have become a fan of Aquarian drum heads. Not the largest selling manufacturer of drum heads. But they do offer innovative and high quality heads for drum set that sound great in a variety of musical applications.

Salsa Foot Clave Exercises

I have previously posted about playing the Clave with Meinl Pedal Mount and Afro Cuban Salsa patterns on drum set: Mambo, Salsa Cascara and Salsa Campana. Also, an explanation of the Afro Cuban clave in Clave Essentials. I have combine these postings and developed a series of drum set practice exercises.

Get More Music Gigs

Recently, I have been surprised that some of my colleagues are not well prepared or always act professional at rehearsals and performances. These are older musicians who should know better. I thought I would share some tips for drum set players (musicians) wanting to keep getting booked for gigs.

Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 in Recording Studio

I have primarily been using my Yamaha DTX Multi-12 in live applications. I used it for musicals and orchestral gigs when I couldn’t cover all the parts, didn’t want to move large/heavy equipment or there wasn’t much space for percussion. But recently I discovered how well it worked in a recording studio setting.

Basic Multipurpose Cowbells

I have discussed cowbells previously on Drum Set Tips. Recently, I realized that I have slightly changed my original recommendations to now include Pearl Elite ECB23 Mounted Agogo Bells along with a LP 228 Black Beauty SR and a LP 205 Timbale cowbell.