In this lesson we will look at Reggae beats.
Reggae is a Caribbean style from Jamaica. The interesting thing
about Reggae is that often you don't emphasis beat one on the bass
drum, almost the exact opposite of Rock music. This creates a very
spacey groove, with lots of time in between the backbeats to add
different subdivisions and fills.
You can have Reggae beats in both a straight and swung context. Here is an example of Reggae played with a straight 16th feel..
From here you could add in different 16th note groupings to fill out the groove. Make sure you add light and shade in terms of softer dynamics..
|The Son Clave||Songo||Imitating TImbales|
|The Rhumba Clave||Reggae||Cuban Percussion Instruments|
|Basic Samba||Snare Samba - Part 1||Brazilian Percussion Instruments|
|Expanding Latin Beats||Snare Samba - Part 2||African - Bikutsi|