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September/ Earth, Wind & Fire
(Disco Rhythm)

Author: Facundo Alvarez, Percussion teacher and Facilitator

Hi, Welcome to this section on my website in which I go around several songs that are great to play percussion.

The idea of this section is to share some songs that are really useful for beginner percussionist to start playing percussion. Using songs to learn and practice percussionist is really helpful because at the same time you´ll develop your playing skill, your tempo sense and your musicality.

The teaching method that you´re going to experience along this video and the rest of this series is the one that I use in my Online Classes and Courses. I created this method myself and called “The Percussion Code”. In it I condensed the best of the knowledge and experiences I develop in my more than 20 years of experience facilitating percussion learning to people of all ages and musical brackground.

In this videoblog, we’re going to play congas over a really beautiful song by a great band from 70s Earth, Wind & Fire. The song is a modern classic and is called September. The rhythms I play in the video are the original Bong parts that were recorded in the original recording of the song and that you can listen in the track of the song 

Along the video I will teach you the basics of the rhythm and the specific rhythm play in each section of the song, so you can play the different rhythms in the Bongó and follow the song.

Also, below you can access to some FREE practice material to keep practicing and improving your playing craft along the song.

I hope you find this content challenging and fun.

Keep me updated of your progress with it.

Thanks for watching the video.

Facundo Alvarez

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In the Online Percussion Courses I offer you different options for you to start to play percussion from scratch, develope as percussionist and learn to play and make music with the percussion instrument that you like: Bongo, Cajón, Conga, Djembé or Timbal Brasilero 

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Groovin' Through the Beat:

"The Irresistible Rhythm of Disco Music"e

Disco music percussion rhythms

Disco music, rhythm and percussion


Disco music, with its infectious beats and vibrant energy, emerged in the late 1970s as a cultural phenomenon that swept the globe. At its core, disco is defined by its pulsating rhythm and groovy melodies, but it’s the percussion that truly sets the dance floor on fire.

Percussion in disco is more than just a beat; it’s the heartbeat of the genre. The driving force behind the danceable tempo, it creates a hypnotic pulse that compels even the most reluctant dancers to move their feet. The iconic sound of a four-on-the-floor kick drum, syncopated hi-hats, and the shimmering splash of a well-placed cymbal all come together in perfect harmony, creating a sonic landscape that’s impossible to resist.

The disco era brought forth a plethora of percussion instruments that defined the sound. From the classic drum kit to congas, bongos, and tambourines, each element added layers of texture and excitement. The congas, with their deep, resonant tones, provided a primal, earthy feel, while the tambourines added a sparkling, high-end shimmer that cut through the mix.

One cannot discuss disco percussion without mentioning the rise of electronic drum machines. These revolutionary devices allowed producers to craft precise, metronomic beats that became the backbone of countless disco hits. From the iconic Roland TR-808 to the punchy LinnDrum, these machines shaped the sound of an entire era and continue to influence music production to this day.

The magic of disco lies not just in its beats, but in the way those beats connect people on the dance floor. It’s a universal language that transcends borders and generations, inviting everyone to let loose and express themselves through movement. The percussion in disco music is the conduit through which this energy flows, igniting a collective euphoria that lingers long after the last note fades.

So, the next time you find yourself grooving to a disco classic, take a moment to appreciate the intricate tapestry of percussion that underpins the music. It’s the heartbeat of the genre, the driving force that keeps the dance floor alive, and a testament to the enduring power of disco music. Let the rhythm move you, and dance like nobody’s watching!

Earth, Wind & Fire

September, a timeless celebration

Earth, Wind & Fire’s chart-topping hit “September” is a musical masterpiece that transcends generations, a timeless celebration of love and joy. Released in 1978, this funk-infused disco anthem has retained its infectious energy and remains an essential part of any party playlist.

The opening chords of the song, with its catchy guitar riff and buoyant horn section, immediately set the stage for a euphoric experience. Maurice White’s distinctive vocals, accompanied by the harmonious backing vocals of Philip Bailey and Verdine White, infuse the track with a sense of pure exuberance. Their voices interweave seamlessly, delivering the lyrics with a contagious optimism that’s impossible to resist.

The lyrics of “September” paint a vivid picture of a joyous moment in time, capturing the essence of celebration and the carefree spirit of youth. The chorus, with its infectious refrain “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” is a universally recognized call to revel in life’s simple pleasures.

The instrumentation in “September” is a testament to Earth, Wind & Fire’s musical prowess. The vibrant horns, pulsating bassline, and dynamic percussion create a lush and layered sonic landscape that invites listeners to dance with abandon. The interplay between the horns and rhythm section is particularly noteworthy, showcasing the band’s unparalleled ability to fuse genres seamlessly.

What truly sets “September” apart is its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and nostalgia for a time many of us may not have even experienced firsthand. The song’s infectious groove and uplifting message have made it a staple at weddings, parties, and celebrations worldwide. It’s a musical time capsule that bridges generations and brings people together.

In conclusion, Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” is more than just a song; it’s an experience. Its irresistible melody, impeccable instrumentation, and optimistic lyrics create a sonic journey that never fails to bring a smile to the listener’s face. As the 21st night of September rolls around each year, this timeless hit continues to inspire joy and celebration, reminding us all to cherish the moments that make life truly special.

percussion facilitator

Facundo Alvarez
Percussion Facilitator

For 20 years I´ve dedicated myself to develope educational and recreational materials and experiences, with the goal of facilitate access to percussion learning to people of all ages

In all the projects I work motivated by the premise that "Percussion is for everybody" and that "Everyone can learn to play percussion".

My main goal is to help, as many people as I can, to live the unique experience of making music with percussion instruments.