Lucas Van Merwijk releases World Beat iBook World Rhythms for Drum Set with audio samples and Play Alongs In 2013 Lucas Van Merwijk published his drum book World Beat, World Rhythms for Drum Set. This unique method is a special selection of World Drum Grooves collected by drummer Lucas van Merwijk during his musical encounters in South America, Africa, East Europe and the Middle East. Now, available as download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, World Beat contains great sounding drum grooves with more than 800 clear audio samples and Play Along Tracks with piano and bass. World Beat is truly a must have for drummers from all levels that want to expand their knowledge and skills in many new ways.

"Lucas has written more than a drum book, it's a life journey!
These are my favorite kind of books, ones that are more for reference and can be studied for a lifetime."

- David Garibaldi, legendary drummer of Tower of Power

World Beat iBook contains a special selection of World Drum Grooves collected by drummer Lucas van Merwijk during his musical encounters in South America, Africa, East Europe and the Middle East.
  • Great sounding drum grooves
  • More than 800 clear audio samples
  • Play Along Tracks with piano and bass
  • coordination exercises reading exercises
  • South American, African, Middle Eastern and European rhythms

Download World Beat - World Rhythms for Drum Set here.

Watch: Lucas van Merwijk - World Beat drumsolo - part I & II with this article.

Lucas van Merwijk World Beat on iBook Store

"Lucas van Merwijk is one of the great drummers of our time.
He lays down so much good stuff that even the eyes of a trained drummer can't catch it all."


Index World Beat - World Rhythms for Drumset


  • Son 15
  • Rumba 22
  • Salsa 25
  • Songo 26
  • Timba 30
  • Pilón 27
  • Cha Cha 33
  • Afro 33
  • Bembé 34
  • Comparsa 37
  • Bata rhythms 38
  • Coordination patterns & exercises 40
  • Reading one note melody 2-3 42
  • Reading two note melody 3-2 44
  • 6/8 coordination exercises 46

  • Tumba 50
  • Zouk 53
  • Festejo 54
  • Lando 54
Puerto Rico
  • Bomba 56
  • Plena 56
  • Candombe 57
Domican Republic
  • Merengue 58
  • Pambice 58
  • Calypso 59
  • Soca 60
  • Joropo 61
  • Onda Nueva 61
  • San Millan 61
  • Cumbia 62
  • Fandango 62
  • Currulao 62
  • Samba 64
  • Afoxé 66
  • Samba Batucada 67
  • Samba Reggae 68
  • Partido Alto 68
  • Baião 69
  • Maracatu 70
  • Frevo 70
  • Coordination exercises for Brazilian rhythms 70
  • Reading melody's in 2/4 71
  • West African 6/8 76
  • Afro Beat 78
  • Zouk 78
  • Highlife 79
  • Ivory Coast 6/8 79
  • Senegal groove Mbalax 80
  • West African 6/8 80
  • Coordination exercises for West African 6/8 rhythms 81
  • Chaabi 82
  • Saidi 82
  • Ruchenitza 86
  • Chetvorno Horo 86
  • Daichovo Horo 86
  • Gankino Horo 86
  • Devri Turan 90
  • Aksak 90
  • Roman Aksak 90
  • Aksak Semai 90
  • Curcuna 90
  • Bulgeria 92
  • Listeners Guide 95
The drum set or drum kit as an instrument is a relatively recent innovation that has undergone rapid development. Since its introduction at the beginning of the 20th century with the birth of American jazz it has spread all over the world. Popularized by drummers in rock, pop and jazz it soon became a common instrument in many different cultures. Nowadays the drum set is used in Latin, African, Asian, Eastern European and Arabic music in the genre known as world music. Recent years have seen a dramatic growth in the variety of world rhythms now being played on the kit which continues to expand to this day.

In this book you will find a selection of these rhythms. It certainly does not claim to be exhaustive in covering all existing world rhythms. there are simply too many of them. We have tried, however, to present a collection of world grooves that are both useful and instantly fun to play on the drum set. In most cases these grooves were originally played on traditional drums and percussion instruments that have been transposed here to the drum set. Anyone wishing to gain a much more comprehensive insight into the backgrounds of these special sorts of music would inevitably have to make an in-depth study.

Our aim was to keep this book practical. The rhythms presented here were all used in live situations and have proven to be valuable. Playing with percussion players from all over the world has always inspired me and has changed my approach to the drum kit. Now I would like to share these rhythms with you!

Hopefully this book will inspire you to take a walk on the rich road of world rhythms.

Lucas van Merwijk

World Beat is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Lucas van Merwijk
Drummer Lucas van Merwijk has been at the forefront of the European Jazz, Latin and percussion scene since the early eighties of the last century.

He was elected Best Jazz Drummer and Best Fusion Drummer in the Benelux countries by the readers of Dutch drum magazine De Slagwerkkrant many years running between 1993 and 2015.
After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums with drummer Oscarito Valdes (Irakere) in Cuba in the early eighties, Lucas van Merwijk has been active with a variety of projects.

Lucas is the drummer, leader and producer of several groups among which the world-percussion group Drums United, Van Merwijk’s Music Machine (with a changing line-up every year) and The Cubop City Big Band.

Besides this Lucas is in demand as a drummer with various groups and artists throughout Europe, in particular with the internationally acclaimed group Nueva Manteca.
All of these experiences have made him develop his own special style, a mix of Cuban, Brazilian and North American rhythms, characterised by powerful percussion and splendid technical skills.

Van Merwijk has been staff teacher for drums and percussion at both the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory as well as the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1986. He’s a in demand drum clinician all over the world

In 2010 Lucas was awarded with the Global Act Award 2010, for remaining continuously successful as a leading international Artist in world music, over a long period of time.
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