Monthly Archives: October 2015

E, F and G from A to Z of percussion

Gourd (Tropics) Seed pod of a plant, used as a shaker, carved as a scraper, covered with beads or used to amplify instrumental sounds. Continue reading

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D from A to Z of percussion

Damaru (Tibet) Wooden hour-glass shaped drum with clappers, originally made from a human skull. Continue reading

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C from A to Z of percussion

Cajón/Cajónes (Cuba) Wooden crates of different sizes used to play rumba. (originally boxes to transport fish). Continue reading

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B from A to Z of percussion

Bongo(s) (Cuba) Pair of small drums that play a timekeeping and improvising role in the ensemble. The smaller drum is called “macho” and the larger one “hembra”. Continue reading

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A from A to Z of percussion

A Abanico (Cuba) ‘fan’ Stylised roll played on the timbale to signify a change in the music. Acheré (Cuba) Small shaker made from metal, wood, gourd or coconut, used in Batá ensembles. Afuche/ Cabasa Beads over tube (pictured) Agogô (Brazil) … Continue reading

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50 years of jazz/light music

Reading the posts on Facebook from Peter Ind regarding the origins of the jazz or ‘light music’ course at Leeds College of Music fifty years ago brought back some memories of Scarborough in 1981 which was my second summer season … Continue reading

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The Rhythms of Life

In the Rhythm Quartets series I have divided the rhythmic elements into simple patterns and as the series progresses have added new rhythmic cells to those from the previous books. Continue reading

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