Afro Cuban 6/8

Afro-Cuban 6/8 Featuring the Double Paradiddle

In this video lesson I will be presenting the Afro-Cuban 6/8.  The Double Paradiddle is an excellent launching point for this exciting rhythm.  Practice the Double Paradiddle slowly if you are unfamiliar with it.  Playing slowly and deliberately will allow for muscle memory to be established.  Once you have internalized the Double Paradiddle you will be able to add the feet and other alterations.  There are many ways to alter this, a few of which will be outlined in this lesson.  This rhythm originated in West Africa and later evolved in Cuba to give us the exciting and interesting rhythm we hear today.  An excellent resource for African rhythms adapted to the drumset is Billy Martin's: "Riddim: Claves of African Origin".