When I was a young Latin music percussionist, I would strive to find the best musicians to look at on stage and study their techniques. There were no lessons in those days and the great artists had most of the knowledge, so by standing in front of the stage watching Puente or Mongo was a lesson in itself. A lot of us learned that way in those days and actually got to meet the artist. I always endeavor to listen to the best Latin percussionist that was into the drumming style that I preferred. I did not look for fast styles; I looked for conversation in drumming. I looked for historic backgrounds in musicians; I looked for quality, endurance and showmanship.