The Language of the Masters: Transcriptions and Etudes of 10 Great Latin Percussion Artists

Paperback Book/Online Audio

Paperback Book/Online Audio






Product Code: LOM
Author: Michael Spiro
Publisher: Sher Music

The Language of the Masters includes:

Three transcribed, classic solos from each one of these 10 artists' recordings
A written etude summarizing the essence of each percussionist's style
Play-along tracks for each etude — first with the solo performed and then with accompaniment only, so you can practice the etude yourself.
Michael Spiro's 16-page written overview of how to study these transcriptions and incorporate them into your own playing.
This book is the first collected, comprehensive analysis of all these great masters of Latin percussion, giving them the respect and attention they deserve. Getting inside the minds of these artists will help you find your own voice as you become more fluent in the language of Latin Percussion improvisation.

Perfect for intermediate to advanced percussionists to learn salsa and Latin jazz by studying the major figures in the genre.

This is the ideal book for student and academic auditions — absolutely the first of its kind!

127 page text, with 20 easily downloadable audio tracks.

Sample Track


Armando Peraza
Tito Puente
Ray Barretto
Manny Oquendo
Tata Guines
Guillermo Barreto
Johnny Rodriguez
Mongo Santamaria
Orestes Vilato
(Plus a BONUS Giovanni Hidalgo transcription!)