Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez


Conversations In Clave

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Conversations In Clave

The Ultimate Technical Study of Four-Way Independence in Afro-Cuban Rhythms

  • Fundamental concepts of the clave and Afro-Cuban rhythms
  • Dexterity, independence and four-way coordination exercises
  • Developing improvisational ideas
  • Stylistic groove transcriptions: Cascara, Guaguanco, Mambo, Macuta, Songo, Mozambique

Conversations in Clave is the ultimate technical study of four-way independence based on Afro-Cuban rhythms. This detailed and methodical approach will develop four-limb coordination and expand your rhythmic vocabulary. Understanding the clave and the relationship between eighth-note and triplet rhythms will help you master the multiple and complex rhythms of Afro-Cuban styles. This rhythmic style dates back before the drum set was invented, but today one drummer has the ability to cover the sounds and language of the entire Afro-Cuban percussion section. However, you must first develop the skills and master the freedom to move within the music. By studying the exercises in this book, and most of all listening to the music, you will enhance your playing in all styles as you gain facility and independence on the drum kit.

Internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning recording artist Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, born in Havana, Cuba, started performing at an early age. As part of the exciting musical scene of 1980s Havana. Horacio worked with all of its dominant musicians, including Paquito D'Rivera, Lucia Huergo, Arturo Sandoval, and German Velazco. Horacio quickly became the most in-demand drummer in Cuba. Since arriving in the US in 1993, Horacio has worked with musical legends Carlos Santana, Mike Stern, Michel Camilo, Tito Puente, Chucho Valdes, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Patitucci, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and McCoy Tyner among many others.

Horacio is currently a faculty member of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, the Drummer's Collective in New York, and the Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and frequently conducts workshops for KOSA International. Known for his brilliant rhythmic and musical drumming that features the left-foot clave technique. Horacio is considered on of the top drummers in the world today.