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Latin American Music

Uncovers the roots of Latin American Music, from the influences of African rhythms to Spanish lyrics and melodies to diverse musical instruments of South America and beyond! Connect with professional artists from Latin America and collaborate in the true spirit of Latin American traditions.

Members: 109
Latest Activity: Aug 10, 2016

Listen to La Pasión Según San Marcos

Venezuelan singers join New York high school singers in this work that take us through the final episodes in the Gospel of St. Mark. Drawing on the sounds of Latin America with texts in Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic, the piece is evocative, wildly inventive, and entirely characteristic of Osvaldo Golijov’s personal aesthetic.



Learn about Latin Drumming with Grooversity’s Marcus Santos!

Brazilian drummer Marcus Santos has created some interactive videos for you to play along with him! Explore different drumming techniques and basic rhythms of Latin American music. Upload or embed a video of your percussion performance and share it on the comment wall below for feedback from Marcus.



Member Videos Tagged "Latin American"

How to upload and share your videos

How to tag your videos

Discussion Forum

The evolution of Samba music - How do you hear it? 1 Reply

Started by Yasmin de Soiza. Last reply by Marcus Santos Mar 17, 2013.

Do you think this music maintains a ceremonial feeling?

Started by Yasmin de Soiza Nov 12, 2012.

What differences do you notice between these Latin musics?

Started by Yasmin de Soiza Nov 8, 2012.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Daniel Ribeiro Rodrigues on May 30, 2013 at 5:42pm
Comment by Pamela Soria Sánchez on March 16, 2013 at 10:46pm

Hi everyone! First of all Marcus, Aaron and Bryan thanks so much for the answers. Second, I'm so sorry it took me this long to answer, this past days have been crazy for me.

Now, actually I found every answer quite helpful, each answer completed every angle I could think of for this question. I didn't know about the letters underneath the written rhythm, so thanks Aaron for letting those in the group like me to know that. Regarding your comment Bryan, it is interesting to think about trying to notate a 'groove'. It is really a cultural thing! But I think Marcus, in the wonderful video he posted, answered that doubt with the instruction he mentioned a score may have at the beginning in case a rhythmic notation is not specified.

And I think another valuable thing to take in consideration is to be very specific in those cases the percussionist may improvise. I'm thinking the composer may even post a video to show an example of the groove he/she is looking for haha.

Anyway, thanks so much guys and Marcus, I absolutely loved the energy and positive vibes you give in your video.

Greeting to all!

Comment by Marcus Santos on March 6, 2013 at 8:05pm

Thank you Aaron, Coop and Cara for your comments about how to notate hand drumming!

Comment by Marcus Santos on March 6, 2013 at 8:04pm

Hi Pamela! Your question is really good so I made a video response! Hope it helps! Let me know if it makes sense or not!


Comment by Cara-Legal de Vadiar on March 6, 2013 at 12:09am

Concise and simple! Well linked!

Comment by Bryan Cooperrider on March 5, 2013 at 5:16pm

Pamela, are you asking about getting the idea of the groove across in your notation or how any sticking might be notated? Aaron has added a good example for congas, or any hand drum for that matter. I know that Marcus Santos uses different note shapes to indicate slaps, bass hits etc in his own compositions. (And of course, different composers use different things - there is no standard that I'm aware of.) If you are asking about "groove" as opposed to just notation, the difficulty in getting there is that different cultures "swing" differently. I don't know if this is where your question was heading. For example, jazz swings in a triplet feel. Brazilian music swings entirely differently, and i have never seen the "feel" notated. It's very difficult to notate....

Comment by Aaron Siegel on March 5, 2013 at 4:31pm

@Pamela  I will be really interested to see what Marcus has to say to this question.  It seems that everyone has their own approach to notation, but one of the most common approaches is to just indicate which kind of stroke you want the player to use:  Open (O), Closed or Mute (C), and Slap (S), as is demonstrated below:

Comment by Pamela Soria Sánchez on March 3, 2013 at 8:00pm

Hi everyone!

Mr. Santos, regarding hand drumming, if I intend to write a score with some latin groove, how can I get the idea across in a score?


Comment by Tanya Santos on February 26, 2013 at 5:53pm

Mr. Santos, yes I have watched the slap video. I understand it a little better than I did before, but I still don't get the sound right.

Comment by Marcus Santos on February 26, 2013 at 2:36pm

Tanya Santos, I totally understand that! Even after all these years playing hand drums, I still work on getting a better slap sound! Did you watch the slap video?

Slap Sound Video Lesson


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