Independent Iyesa: An Afro-Cuban Cowbell Workout

Independent Iyesa

In this independence exercise, we will look at two cowbell patterns that are played in the Afro-Cuban Iyesa rhythm. To get started, you’ll need two cowbells – a cha cha bell and another large cowbell. As always, start off slowly. Once you have practiced Exs. 1 and 2 separately, begin playing them together. For an advanced workout, switch hands and try adding the clave with your foot (Ex. 3).