More than a collection of syncopated rhythms, Afro-Cuban music is a highly developed art form based on tradition. Like learning a new language, there are different "situations" that need to be understood when playing this music, because each situation requires a different approach.
The purpose of this book is to explain how the instruments of the Afro-Cuban percussion section (timbales, congas, bongos, and sometimes drumset) function as a unit. The rhythms are first presented for timbales, then with conga and bongos, and finally with adaptations for drumset.
Special emphasis is given to developing the practical skills necessary to play Afro-Cuban music in a professional setting. Reading a chart can be a difficult experience if you are not sure what to play in different sections of an arrangement. Attention to what to play in different sections of songs, as well as the equally important transitions, are covered in detail....
Rend?n has written an outstanding book on the art of timbales indeed. The patterns, explanations and also the sound files are extremely helpful if you want to learn the timbales the treditional way. I haven?t seen any teaching method that comes close to this one. A great plus is also that you can practice in the musical contexts of the various styles.