This solo explores some of the drumset applications for Mambo percussion patterns that are commonly heard in Latin music of the Caribbean region and Miami. The main sticking pattern used throughout this solo has been translated to various parts of the kit. After working on the ‘Solo Preparation’ on the next page, check out each section before putting the whole solo together – you’ll be surprised how quickly the main groove sections will start to feel good. Sections G and H are quite tricky, so spend some time writing in the counting and working on two, four and eight bar segments. Work on your transitions also (ie. last two bars of F going on to the first two bars of G etc...), this will really help make the solo smooth when you put it all together!
There are many great bands and drummers worth checking out if you would like to get some inspiration in this style. From the percussion angle these include the various lie-ups of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Celia Cruz, and many more. From the drumkit side of things check out Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine, Kim PlainField and many others.
Lots of great rock drummers have made sixteenth grooves sound great – you might like to check out Frank Beard (ZZ Top), Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party), Peter Criss (Kiss) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) or go to www.21stcenturydrumming.com.au for suggested listening lists (by styles) complete with links to other sites.