Mambo Drummer

Learn to Play a Mambo


In this blog post, I’m sharing the worksheet that I use when teaching my students how to play a mambo pattern on the drum kit.  

The mambo is a Cuban dance rhythm that’s typically played by a group of percussionists, each performing their own rhythm line on congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells, etc.

To play it on the drum kit involves adapting these lines for a single player.

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Mambo on the Drum Kit

The worksheet begins by showing a bell pattern that is sometimes played in mambos, where the right hand plays an ostinato on a mambo bell, whilst the left hand plays a cascara rhythm on a cha-cha bell.

This is easily adapted to the kit by playing the ride cymbal bell and cowbell, cross stick or rim of the snare drum.  

The foot pattern is simple enough, with the stepped hi-hat keeping time on beat 1 and 3 while the bass drum drops in on 2+

I hope you have fun with this pattern. It really grooves at around 100 BPM. Good luck!


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