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Timbales Vol. 1: Cascara

Learn to play the drums made famous by Tito Puente! In the first video in Noah's timbale series, you'll learn to play the cascara pattern. Noah explains when and how to use cascara, breaks down the pattern and teaches it in 3-2 and 2-3 clave with various left hand independence options. Transcriptions are included. 

  • History of the timbales and the cascara pattern
  • All patterns taught in both 3-2 and 2-3 clave directions
  • Transcriptions of all patterns
  • 3 left hand independence options: left cascara, clave, and hembra

Run Time: 31:51

This video is instructed by Noah Mosgofian.
Noah Mosgofian's career includes 6 years with the international percussion sensation STOMP, tours with Lost at Last, Del Castillo, Atash, and scores of other award-winning bands and drum/dance companies playing samba, salsa, afro-beat, funk, and more. He has taught thousands of students in the US and abroad, including composing, arranging, and teaching for Austin Samba, one of the biggest samba schools anywhere outside of Brazil. Noah’s teachers include the top names in many disciplines: Mamady Keita, “Changuito” Quintana, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, C.K. Ladzekpo, and Fara Tolno. Visit his website at

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  1. Timbale tuition

    Posted by Mike on 21st Jul 2015

    The lesson is excellent value for money, gave clear introduction of the basics of timbale playing, enough to allow you play the cascara with various left hand techniques. I am still working on some of the techniques but happy they are falling into place as I am a complete beginner. All in all very good and clear instruction.
    Hoping lesson 2 is out soon!

  2. Great intoduction to Timbale

    Posted by PL on 28th Jun 2015

    Another terrific lesson by Noah! If you are interested in learning basic timbale or need to understand it's role in the band, this video teaches the basic Cascara patterns and more. Highly recommended!

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