SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
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.

Video Clase Timba Bajo 1 Pikete

Artist:   El Pikete

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Instructional 2008 6 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Hay Pero No Te Toca - Bass
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5:49 bass on left channel, band on right
02  No Pasa Nada - Bass
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5:49 bajo canal izquierdo, grupo en el derecho
03  Ya No Se - Bass
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5:45 bass on left channel, band on right
Learn to play TIMBA-style bass with Victoriano Napoles (El Pikete, Manolin "El Medico"). Watch the video and use the balance control to ether isolate the bass (left channel) or play along with the band El Pikete (right channel)! Pay close attention to how the clave corresponds with the bass lines.

This is a MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCT DOWNLOAD that contains both VIDEO and AUDIO files. This multi-media album includes three (3) videos plus three (3) specialty audio tracks. A total of 35 minutes of media.

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After many requests to release an instructional product for TIMBA style bass, we present 'Video Class: Timba Bass with El Pikete'. With the video you can play along while honing in on the body langage and hand technique. For your convenience the audio tracks are also split with the bass on left and band on right.

*Free Bass Transcription: Special THANK YOU to Julio Acevedo (tropicanada [at] for donating a bass transcription for Hay Pero No Te Toca. The chart has notation for the left and right hand finger-tap technique used by Vic Napoles.

    Finale music notation file (.mus) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
"Hay Pero No Te Toca" Bass Chart (Partitura del Bajo).
If you are a bassist and would like to provide us with transcription of the bass parts (in finale or pdf) for these three tunes, in exchange for the video album download, please contact us as we would like to include them on this page.

Transcription Update 2008-12-10: pay close attention to the left and right hand fingertap technique Vic uses on 'No Pasa Nada'. Isolate the bass track with your balance control to listen to these very funky percussive elements that really drive the groove.

Victoriano Napoles - photo by Tom Ehrlich

'Hay Pero No Te Toca - Bass' Instructional Video = 5:53 (mm:ss)
'No Pasa Nada - Bass' Instructional Video = 5:24 (mm:ss)
'Ya No Se - Bass' Instructional Video = 5:49 (mm:ss)

'Hay Pero No Te Toca - Bass' Instructional MP3 = 5:53 (mm:ss)
'No Pasa Nada - Bass' Instructional MP3 = 5:24 (mm:ss)
'Ya No Se - Bass' Instructional MP3 = 5:49 (mm:ss)

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Special Acknowledgement:
Latin Pulse Music wants to thank Kevin Moore for his outstanding achievements in the field of Caribbean musicology. Around the world there are many who caught the timba "bug" because of him. The Oru Seco transcription we are offering exists only because of his relentless drive to understand what constitutes truly great music.

Kevin Moore is the music editor of and the musical director of the American salsa band Orquesta Gitano. He has studied with dozens of leading Cuban musicians, written many extensive articles on Cuban music, and served as a consultant for features and articles produced by the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, and musicologists from Harvard and other major universities.