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|About||Arturo Rodriguez Music provides music services for parties and social events, school assemblies, and percussion instruction for groups and individuals.|
I have four main branches to my business.
Arturo Rodriguez - Percussionist
Interact and Learn - teaching drums and percussion
Playz Music - DJ & Live music services
Rhythm Ambassadors - school programs
I offer group hand drum classes in traditional forms of Puerto Rican and Cuban music.
Learning to play traditional forms of music in a group I believe is the most accessible and quickest way for beginners to start experiencing the music making process. Traditional forms of music requires many people to play in unison in order to complete the drum kit where as contemporary forms usually have one main drummer. Learning how to sound as one drum kit with multiple individuals creates an environment in which everyone involved understands how rhythmic interactions/polyrhythms work, thus developing your hearing, feel and groove.
I also instruct contemporary forms of music such as rock, funk, swing, salsa, latin jazz, folk, reggae, fusion on timbales, bongo, cajon, bata, multiple congas and drum kit.
I've written three books published by Mel Bay Publications. Bembe Conversations, Rumba Conversations and Traditional Afro Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music. I have had the privilege and honor to play music with some incredible musicians. Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Pete Escovedo, Paul Horn, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, Jason Mraz and Crosby Stills and Nash. For over 20 years I have been a key performer and instructor annually at the World Rhythm Festival, Bumbershoot and Folklife.
The power of playing music and drums in a group is exhilarating, you'll see it on people’s faces! It doesn’t matter your level, age or ability, everyone can participate. Good music requires everyone to learn to work together promoting no competition. It's magnetic and you can feel its power and energy.
Location: Ted Brown Music
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd,
Tacoma, WA 98409
Location: Salsa Con Todo
211 N 3