This month we are going to look at some widely used guiro patterns that should become part of your percussion vocabulary. Ex. 1 is a medium-tempo cha-cha-chá. Ex. 2 is a fast-tempo charanga. Ex. 3 is a slow-tempo dannón. Practice the faster patterns slowly at first, gradually bringing up the tempo when you feel comfortable.
Richie “Gajate” Garcia has played with Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, and John Denver, recorded movie soundtracks, taught at Musician’s Institute for more than ten years, and performs clinics worldwide.