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 Piano 1 Pikete

Artist:   El Pikete

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Instructional 2008 6 0


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Audio album download includes album tracks and cover art.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Hay Pero No Te Toca
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5:53 piano on left channel, band on right
02  No Pasa Nada
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5:24 piano en el canal izquierdo, grupo en el derecho
03  Ya No Se
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5:49 piano on left channel, band on right
Learn to play TIMBA-style piano with José "Pepito" Montes (El Pikete, Paulito FG). Watch the video and use the balance control to either isolate the piano (left channel) or play along with the band El Pikete (right channel)! Pay close attention to the instances of counter motion between the left and right hands.

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 piano, we present 'Video Class: Timba Piano 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 piano on left and band on right.

FREE transcriptions now available!
Transcriptions courtesy of Greg Woodard from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
Get the 3 sheet music PDFs here. Descarga las partituras grátis aquí.

José "Pepito" Montes - photo by Tom Ehrlich

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

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