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~ Chuck Silverman
Some of the first music that I listened to, with a
"latin" groove, was music from Uruguay, called candombe. A great band from
Uruguay, called Opa, was my influence. These great musicians, including the
wonderful and funky Osvaldo "Jorge" Fattoruso on drums, released two albums,
GoldenWings and Magic Time. They also appear on the Airto Moreira recording,
Fingers. Find these recording and ingest them!
Let me tell you, I know what I know just from
listening to this music. I've not yet been to Uruguay. Someday!!
Candombe has the clave! This pattern is called
madera. There are several madera patterns. I called Osvaldo Fattoruso in
Montevideo, Uruguay, sjust to make sure I was disseminating the correct
Here is the clave (madera #1) with another madera
Now, we look at and listen to
the drum called the "chico". As with other drum cultures, there are three drums
in the family that plays candombe. The chico is the smallest drum. It's pattern
is definitely different. You'll notice an accent over the first 16th note. This
really "masks" the downbeats, creating a lot of tension and a great groove.
The "piano" is the name for
the largest drum of the family. There are many patterns for this and the other
drums and madera. Here are three patterns.
Real Audio is
And now, we put the patterns
together on the drumset. After I sent this file to my friend Juan Mï¿½dica in
Montevideo, he informed me that it's more common to hear the drumset playing
alone, and not with all the percussion. Well, excuuuuuuse me!! Hope you enjoy it!
The drum which has not been transcribed is called the "repique" It's the solo drum.
Where is Uruguay?
Would you like to learn more? Check out Chuck Silverman's drum programs in South America.