Our next goal with these exercises is to
substitute the following Afro-Cuban hand pattern for the triplets we
started with. First, practice the hand patterns while tapping quarter
notes with both feet. It might be helpful to think of this hand pattern
as a double paradiddle(with a flat flam on the last note).
NOTE!! Right hand plays cow-bell or cymbal-bell
Afro-Cuban Hand Pattern # 1
The ability to play open triplets or closed rolls against these foot patterns should add a useful dimension to your fills and solos. Playing the Afro-Cuban hand patterns against the foot patterns will produce some interesting polyrhythmic grooves.