Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

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Latin Pulse Music Inc. is an internet-based publishing company that specializes in the creation, distribution, and promotion of Caribbean, Central, and South American musical content. The company website, www.LatinPulseMusic.com, provides an digital RETAIL distribution system for artists that hold and control the copyright(s) to their musical works. Every work is reviewed and must pass strict audio-quality verification guidelines for inclusion in the site. The LatinPulseMusic.com technology platform makes these audio tracks and sheet music files available on-line where they can be instantly previewed, purchased and downloaded in a cost-effective and efficient manner world-wide. All revenues generated via this digital RETAIL distribution system are evenly split with the artists.

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Delivery
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Return/Exchange Policy
Due to the nature of downloadable digital products all sales are final and all charges from those sales are nonrefundable.

Termination
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