Richie “Gajate” Garcia: Nongo Independence


By Richie "Gajate" Garcia Originally Published in DRUM! Magazine's June 2007 Issue

The nongo pattern comes from the family of Arara rhythms, and it is also part of the repertory of some rumba groups. This pattern is played in 6/8 and is normally played on batas. I chose this exercise primarily because it works well to help strengthen independence. Work out each part separately first. Then, as you get comfortable, try to combine the parts. You will need three drums: quinto, conga, and tumba. This can be tricky, so be patient!

Richie "Gajate" Garcia has played with Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, and John Denver, recorded movie soundtracks, taught at Musician's Institute for ten years, and performs clinics worldwide.

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