A hand drumming rudiment for the conga, djembe, etc. It works the tone / open flam and the slaps of both hands.
Suggestions: Try speeding up and slowing down. One person recommends watching a clock and slowly speeding over a 5 minute period reaching max speed during the last 30 seconds. Reverse the hand strokes. Play it with a metronome. Try shifting the starting beat so that you have 3 versions of the rudiment - 1 that starts on 1, 1 that starts on the "+" after 1, and 1 that starts after the "a" before 2 - play these 3 versions with a metronome, and learn how to come in on any of the 3 points in the beat scheme.
| 1 | + | a | 2 | + | a | 3 | + | a | 4 | + | a | | T | T | S | T | S | T | T | T | S | T | S | T | | B | R | L | B | R | L | B | R | L | B | R | L |
Key T = Flam Tone, Flam Open T = Tone, Open B = Bass, Bass Tone S = Slap
X = Clave/Bell Strike
B = Both Hands, Flam Stroke R = Right Hand Stroke, Primary/Strong Hand Stroke L = Left Hand Stroke, Weak Hand Stroke