Latin drum beats are about the most complicated of all the grade 1 level beats. They’re really fun to play and are very useful for a lots of different styles of music, not just Latin-American music! Lots of jazz music makes use of Latin beats and you’ll even find it cropping up in Rock and Metal music! You’ll need music sheet G1902 from Sheet Music Pack 3 for these exercises.
Simple Latin Drum Beats (G1902)
Here’s a few very simple Latin beats to get you started – note the quarter note based ride cymbal pattern in exercise 1 while we play an eighth note tom pattern on beat 4 of each bar:
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