Thanks for the advice about going with the currents, I think that sounds like the best way to approach this. I have been listening to plenty of Sanatan songs, I have loaded about 30 or so onto my Ipod, and play to them almost nightly. Thanks for the reply. Also, see below.......
Thank you too, for the reply. I wondered if what I was listening to was 2 or 3, or even more, percussion players. I assume when one of the guitar/horn/keys players aren't playing, they are banging on something! So, add in the timbales, and the drummer, and there is a lot of percussion in some of the songs. I think the Zendrum gives me lattitude to try and fit 3 or 4 percussion pieces in at once, as long as its clean and in a pattern, not helter skelter.
I have been practicing conga/timbale/bongo licks, and trying the one handed approach, so I can try and carry out a set pattern on shaker/clav/castanet types, or wood block/cowbell/sticks . Its been fun, and some of the tunes are pretty easy to play. And, I think it sounds ok. Some of the other songs are pretty crowded with percussion, so I think I have to weed it out, and try and keep it simple. I have a tendency to want to "fill" all the time, with everything, so I have to try and keep it simple and clean, and yet provide as much as I can.
I hope to be practicng/jamming with the band this week... I'll let you know how I make out.