Music Minus Drum Tracks Are Now Available

7 Apr

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The Music Minus Drums project is now complete and available exclusively here in the store I have developed 3 of the 4 tracks to work as a part of the Exercises In African American Funk book as well as featuring the music on my upcoming drum clinic tour. The music can also be enjoyed simply for your listening pleasure.

I am truly grateful for the help of my friends, all of whom are outstanding musicians. They include Saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, Bassist Armando Jose Gola, Pianist Martin Bejerano, keyboardist Abel Pabon & Doug Carter, Hammond B3 Uzzi Nizri and  percussionist David Nizri.  These gentlemen are all extremely accomplished musicians and I am honored to have them on the project!


There will be four primary tracks, each with three additional variations (a total of 4 tracks per primary, for a total of 16 tracks overall). Hearing these while reading the notation will make a big difference in terms of recognizing what the grooves are and how they can sound, so you can accelerate your learning and improve your creativity.

Each Primary Track consists of:

  • The track with me drumming
  • The track with no drums
  • Version One of a section looped in 5-minute intervals
  • Version Two of a section looped in 5-minute intervals

Practising Suggestions.

As I mentioned previously, I have developed 3 of the 4 tracks to work in association with the book with the 4th track focusing on endurance.

While there are several ways to count the music in terms of its time signiture, all of the tracks have a very simple quarter note pulse for the click. Some of you may find this a bit odd if you do not have a copy of the book to help you make sense of it but this approach will be very clear since the book is written with triplets in 4/4. Understanding  this approach is also critically important in understanding how to find the “1” or first beat of the measure in more traditional styles of African drumming and popular music.

Track 1

PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) can be used with chapters 1-4.
I recommend using this track with the beginning chapters because of its easy feel. There are a number of ways you can apply the concepts in the book to this track as I have demonstrated in this video: If you are a beginner and need to develop a strong shuffle feel before moving on to the shuffle funk and mangambe patterns, this is the tune for you!

Track 2

Mankutsi can be used with chapters 5-8.
This track is a bit more advanced and features a fusion of ideas including mangambe bass drum patterns as well as the snare drum being on the first beat of the bar in 2nd section of the tune. The 2 loops with this track will make it easy for you to practice various levels of dificulty. Use the loops to move between ideas focusing on being able to hear and feel both the 3:4 and 4/4 time signatures together.

Track 3

Pinda is extremely advanced.
Most westerners will hear the 1st section of this track in 9/8. However you will notice the click tracks maintains a constant quarter note subdivision which means that the feel of the track is actually in 3/4. This effectively makes this section of the song a Waltz. The 2nd section would commonly be counted in 6/8. However, you will notice the click is still maintaining a quarter note pules putting this section of the song in 4/4. If you have studied the exercises in the book you will not have a problem feeling the music as I have described here. If not….. good luck…lol!!!!

Track 4

Doug stands alone as the purpose of this track is to build stamina and endurance. This track is a “Chops Builder”, designed to develop hand/foot speed as well as the mental ability to move quickly from one idea to another.

If you have any questions, please contact send me an email. I would love to hear from you: