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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01  Bass tresillo - fast 0:53 Track 3 of 28 - Beyond Salsa Bass Volume 1
02  Bass tumbao - habanera - fast 0:56 Track 5 of 28 - Beyond Salsa Bass Volume 1
03  Bass tumbao - son montuno - fast 1:03 Track 21 of 28 - Beyond Salsa Bass Volume 1
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This is the FREE audio album for Beyond Salsa Bass Volume 1 (For Beginners), the first in the bass series that includes bass tumbaos for each of the piano tumbaos (aka, montunos) in Beyond Salsa Piano, Vol. 1, but the bass volume is more than twice as long and contains many additional bass tumbaos and other exercises. The book begins by categorizing the most common Latin bass tumbaos by their rhythms and then proceeds to tell the history of Latin music from a bassist’s perspective, with notation for bass tumbaos from each era covered: changüí, rumba, son, danzón, big band and son montuno (a detailed study of Arsenio Rodríguez).

The complete, unabridged 186-page book is available in print and as an eBook as well as in the abridged online version that you're currently reading. There are 28 free, downloadable audio files and another 184 audio files available as a $10 download.

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The primary job of the bassist in Latin popular music is to play a repeating figure that establishes both a chord progression and a rhythmic groove. We call these figures tumbaos. A tumbao is repeated – sometimes with variations – for a fixed or open‐ended period of time, after which a transition leads to another such tumbao, and so on. Bass tumbaos are used sparingly (if at all) during the opening section of an arrangement (aka, the cuerpo, or canto) in which the lead vocalist sings a popular song, itself divided into subsections of four to eight claves in length.1 The bass tumbaos come in during the second major section, (the montuno section), comprised of call and response vocals (coros), instrumental solos played over a repeated bass tumbao, and, beginning in the 1940s, sections featuring instrumental riffs (mambos). In the earliest years of son and danzón there was no montuno section at all, but over time, the montuno section has grown longer and longer. Today, the cuerpo comprises only a small percentage of the overall length of an arrangement, especially in concert.

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Beyond Salsa Bass is the companion series to Beyond Salsa Piano, launched in 2009 and now spanning 11 volumes. As of 2013, three bass volumes have been released: Volumes 6 and 7 on Alain Pérez, and this book, Volume 1: For Beginners. Included are bass tumbaos for each of the piano tumbaos (aka, montunos) in Beyond Salsa Piano, Vol. 1, but the bass volume is more than twice as long and contains many additional bass tumbaos and other exercises.

The book begins by categorizing the 16 most common Latin bass tumbaos by their rhythms and then proceeds to tell the history of Latin music from a bassist's perspective, with notation for bass tumbaos from each era covered: changüí, rumba, son, danzón, big band and son montuno (a very detailed study of Arsenio Rodríguez). Audio files are not included with the book.

To learn more about the BEYOND SALSA Series of musical instruction books, the leading source of Afro-Cuban music studies on the planet, please visit http://beyondsalsa.info.