Learn the basics of Cascara and Clave for the Drum Set.
Mambo is also referred to as latin jazz, salsa, guaracha and son. Mambo is based on the clave rhythm. Everything is played, arranged and composed with the clave in mind. There are two clave patterns: son clave and rumba clave. The clave is in 2-3 or 3-2 depending on how many hits there are in a measure. It is also important to know that the music sometimes starts on the 2nd part of the clave pattern. One of the first percussion parts to learn in Mambo for drum set comes from the timbales. This is the shell pattern called “cascara.” Cascara can be played on a variety of surfaces but most often it’s played on the shell of the floor tom.