Salsa Cascara Drum Set Style Essentials

Salsa Cascara Drum Style is the fourth in the series: Essential Latin Drum Set Beats. The challenge is to try and duplicate the patterns traditionally played by 3 drummers (bateristas): Timbales (timbalero), Congas (conguero) and Bongos (bongocero). Over the years, I have collected a bunch of books that talked about playing various Latin styles 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 Salsa Cascara on drum set.

Salsa Cascara Style on Drum Set

The Cascara pattern is derived from the Palito pattern used in Salsa styles. It is usually played on the side or metal shell of Timbales or pailas. 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) Salsa Cascara drum style patterns whenever playing with a Conga player (Conguero). That is because many of these drum set patterns try to duplicate what a 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 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 also developed in New York) has had a significant influence on Salsa style and popularity. Salsa is primarily Cuban Son. A fusion of Spanish canciĆ³n and guitar and Afro Cuban percussion. It also incorporates elements of Latin jazz and Bomba.  All of these non-Cuban elements are combined with the basic Cuban Son Montuno when performed within the context of salsa.

Other Essential Latin Drum Set Beats: 1. Cha Cha 2. Bossa Nova 3. Mambo 5. Salsa Campana 6. Samba 7. Songo 8. Bembe 9. Conga and Mozambique 10. Beguine, Bomba, Bolero, Guaguanco, Merengue and Rumba 11. Calypso, Soca, Reggae and Ska

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