We just had a great clinic here at GoDpsMusic! Ron, brought the sounds and knowledge of Africa, Brazil, and Cuba, right here to the GoDpsMusic showroom."From the jungles to da streets." as Ron says.
Ron entertained us with different grooves, sounds and amazing music. He kept everyone involved and educated through out the clinic. He let us know how he plays Latin Percussion instruments, why each instrument sounds the way it does, where they came from, and even how to correctly play them. For example, I had no idea there was a correct way of playing a "slap" on a conga drum. A "Percussionist" like myself, just hits the drum until it sounds the way you want!
Some of Ron's influences include the conga players of Santana, like Armando Peraza, also Ray Barretto, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Paulinha Da Costa. He believes music is not only a lot of fun, but is a great way to communicate and spread diversity. He travels and teaches music to children in the public school system in both the U.S. and in China. He says that although he may not always speak the same language as some of the kids, everyone speaks the language of music; "I enjoy everybody's playing everyone has something special, something different to offer so I try to learn from everybody."