8/13/2009

Guemilere: Study Guide for Afro - Cuban Percussion (Jimenez / Wardinsky)

I've gotten a lot of music over the years from various blogs that post out of print and rare albums and tracks. Two of my favorite are on my list to the right of this page: ¡Vamos a guarachar! and Fidels Eyeglasses . So now it is my turn to return the favor. The intent of this blog is not really for music sharing like so many others, however I feel the educational nature of the tracks I'll be making available fits my blog's purpose of education and information, but I won't be making a habit of public file sharing.

I am posting the sound files to a now out of print and very hard to find music education book . It is the music education book; Güemilere: Guide For Afro-Cuban Percussion by Regino Jimenez/ Scott Wardinsky, which I can only find the barest of information on, but the sound files are an excellent educational resource. They approach the rhythms by adding each instrument one at a time, building it, so the student can hear the parts and how they go together. It is a very original approach.

Download Guide For Afro-Cuban Percussion by Jimenez/Wardinsky
HERE


(I'm using a free rapdishare account so the downloads will have to be uploaded periodically. Please make requests for re-uploads in the comments. Link last updated 12/13/10 as mp3 files)

Scott Wardinsky is still active, sadly Regino Jimenez is no longer with us, however his music is still available on Descarga.com. You can honor both of these musicians and educators by studying their work and learning to play these rhythms.

25 comments:

  1. Very generous Geordie, thanks for sharing this!

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  2. peace bro. do you mind re-uploading the link? it appears to be have been disabled. thnx in advance.

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  3. fidel negro,
    Link has been updated, download should be good to go. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Thanks for this upload = is a password required?

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  5. No password is required, the download is still available.

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  6. Thanks Geordie = I must be doing something wrong, I am able to download the zip file, but not able to extract the files as they are password-protected.

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  7. I don't know what to tell you DAvid, I was able to download it fine, and didn't need a password. I updated the link, just in case, so you might want to give it another try.

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  8. Will do, thanks - by the way I see you are into Haitian drumming - have you had a listen to Wawa et Racine Kanga?

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  9. I don't play Haitian at all, but I do like listening to it.

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  10. the compressed file won't expand for me - wasn't meant to be. but thanks anyways ;-) Wawa et Racine Kanga can be difficult to be find but worth searching out. there are even some You Tube videos available. Also I would recommend Kanzo by Bonga.

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  11. DAvid, if you want to email me your address I can mail you a copy.

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  12. You da man! thanks bro

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  13. this is a great download man thx

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  14. I also had problems with the file, perhaps because they are encoded as M4a's, not MP3's?
    The only way to save them to the hard drive was to use 'Goldwave' to record each one as I played them from directly within the Zip file.

    Thanks for putting it up though.
    I have played with Scott W. on several occasions, a few times at the Central Park rumbas and also when he brought Lazaro Ros here to N.Y.C.

    Regards,
    Mark

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  15. I'm going to re-upload these files a MP3's later on. Hopefully that will improve things.

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  16. This is Scott Wardinsky writing. The reason it is so hard to find this recording is because we decided it did not meet the artistic or technical level of what we wanted to put out. However many copies managed to leak out after we gave a few away for criticisms. It went viral.

    I have a new, much better project similar to Guemilere but in DVD format with performances as well as instructional tracks. It is called Mabague which Regino told me means Remember or Don't Forget in Lucumi. It features Lazoro Galarraga, Sandy Perez, Teresita Perez, Michael Spiro, Jose Barroso, Nengue Hernandez, Joey de Leon muself and a bunch of other great artists. There are 18 rhythms. Much more comprehensive than the first. With some killer performances that include the singing, dancing and drumming. It includes a booklet with transrciptions, lyrics and photos. It will be out in 3-6 months ( or when I get the $$$ to pay for mastering and manufacturing). In the meantime if you would like to donate to Reginos' estate in Cuba ( his wife and children) for the download available here you can contact me at odua88@yahoo.com.
    Thanks, Scott Wardinsky

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  17. Hey, bro, thanks for the great blog.
    Would you mind re-uploading the link?
    TIA

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  18. i am trying to get a copy of the Regino/Wardinksky stuff.Iwill gladly pay .btw ,i still use your guagua at the classes i teach.GREAT instument !
    Vinnie

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  19. Hey Vinnies,
    thanks for the compliments about the guagua. I'm going to be update the Wemilere files soon, so keep a look out. You still have my email? You can email me direct if you want.

    GDV

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  20. When you have a chance, I would highly appreciate it if you re-uploaded the guide.

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  21. yeah, give me a day or two, it's a bit of a process.

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  22. PLS reuploade

    Download Guide For Afro-Cuban Percussion by Jimenez/Wardinsky

    Thanx

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  23. I just found this site. A lot of great information. I'm new to Afro Cuban percussion and I would love to get a copy of this guide. How can I get it. Thank you in advance.

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