Simple Latin Drum Beats

Latin drum beats are really fun to play and very useful for a lots of different styles of music, not just Latin-American music! Lots of jazz music makes use of Latin beats and you’ll even find it cropping up in Rock and Metal music! Here’s a few very simple Latin beats to get you started – note the quarter note based ride cymbal pattern in exercise 1 while we play an eighth note tom pattern on beat 4 of each bar:

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