Salsa Cascara Drum Set Style Essentials

Salsa Cascara Drum Set Style Essentials

Salsa Cascara Drum Style is the fourth in the series: Essential Latin Drum Set Beats. Here are simple, stylistically accurate and essential Latin rhythms and patterns to play Salsa Cascara on drum set.

Over the years, I have collected a bunch of books that talk about playing various Latin styles on drum set. I kept going from one book to another searching for answers and ideas. There was some agreement. But mostly disagreement about what is correct for each Latin style. The challenge is to try and duplicate the patterns traditionally played by 3 Bateristas (drummers): Timbalero (timbales), Conguero (congas) and Bongocero (bongos).

Salsa dance music originated from New York

Salsa music is a popular dance music genre that initially started in New York City during the 1960s. It is the product of various Cuban musical genres including the Afro Cuban Son Montuno, Guaracha, Cha Cha, Mambo, and Puerto Rican Bomba. Latin jazz (which was also developed in New York City) has had a significant influence on Salsa style and popularity. Salsa is primarily Cuban Son, itself a fusion of Spanish canción and guitar and Afro Cuban percussion. It also occasionally incorporates elements of Latin jazz and Bomba.  All of these non-Cuban elements are combined with the basic Cuban Son Montuno template when performed within the context of salsa.

The Cascara pattern is derived from the Palito pattern used in Salsa styles. It is usually played on the side or metal shell of a Timbale. On drum set the sound can be imitated by playing on the rim or side of a floor tom. You should ONLY play the Clave or the (with Conguero) patterns when playing with a Conga player (Conguero). That is because many of these drum set patterns try to duplicate what the conga player would be playing. Cascara is usually played during softer sections such Verses and piano solos. Generally, Mambo Bell Patterns or Campana Bell Patterns would be played during the louder Chorus or improvised Montuno sections.

Salsa Cascara Style on Drum Set