Rumba Guaguanco is a traditional rhythm played at festivities in Cuba. The Guaguanco represented here is typically called the Havana-style Guaguanco. I have put a few of my favorite CD's up for your browsing pleasure.
In my last blog I showed a guaguanco for 2 drummers. Now I will show this rhythm for 1 drummer. It's very basic how this hooks up. It is important to build this up step by step so we'll start here.
Havana Style Rumba Guaguanco for 1 drummer
Clave 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + X · · X · · · X · · X · X · · ·
Drums - Low/High Drum, Tumbao/Segundo 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + · S B S T S T S T S T S R L R L R L R L R L R L ^ ^ ^ ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ v ^ (NOTE: written with the high drum in the center and the low drum to your right).
T = Tone, Open B = Bass, Bass Tone S = Slap, Closed M = Muff, Muffled Tone · = Touch Stroke
X = Clave/Bell Strike
R = Right Hand Stroke, Primary/Strong Hand Stroke L = Left Hand Stroke, Weak Hand Stroke