Lesson 1: The Caribbean–Instruments

So much Caribbean music is all about the groove, and to make the grooviest of grooves you need drums. From the Afro-Cuban stalwarts like the conga and cajon to the more modern reggae drum kits, even to dub and dancehall “riddims” generated with the help of a drum machine, most Caribbean styles rely on a sweet drum beat to get us all dancing. There is also a strong Caribbean tradition of clever songwriting, and most every clever singer/songwriter needs a trusty, melodic, Spanish-descended guitar.

Explore these instruments from The Caribbean:

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