From the recording Every Groove A Bluesman Needs To Know
Rumba in G
This Rumba is kind of classic in that the bass drum kicks the one beat, or first beat, and then only hits on 'and' beats or up beats. In a Rumba it is usually the up beat after beat three and the up beat after beat four. Also said as the 'and' of three and the 'and' of four. I will describe this with bold font where the bass drum kicks. Remember the numbers are when your foot comes down and the ‘and’s are when your foot comes up: 1 2 3 &4 &1 2 3 &4 &1. You read this like one two three and four and-one two three and four and-one etc., saying 'and' only when your foot comes up. This all happens while the snare has a strong hit on the 'and' of two creating a heavy up beat feel. It can become very funky with these up beat accents. Midway in this groove the drums do a common Rumba variation using a tom tom.... very nice!