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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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Beyond Salsa Percussion Vol1

Artist:   Kevin Moore

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Instructional 2012 472 1


© 2012 A. Kevin Moore. All rights reserved.
Audio album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  2-3 contra-campana (plus) fast
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1:15 Contra-campaneo + clave + kick (fast) 2-3
02  2-3 conga accents (2 drum) fast
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2:44 hi and low conga (tumbadoras) accents (fast) 2-3
03  3-2 double bell + kick (fast)
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1:15 double bell (campana) pattern + kick drum (fast) 2-3
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Beyond Salsa Percussion Volume 1 presents an encyclopedic selection of all the basic rhythm parts used on timbales and drums in Latin music (salsa, timba, Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms, rumba, danzón, chachachá et al). The central premise is for the student to master each rhythm by singing and tapping before attempting to play it on an instrument, so as to avoid bad habits of technique during the critical period when the rhythm is being memorized and internalized. There is an introductory free download of 107 audio files with sample pdf available here. 187 pages (187 páginas) with 472 audio tracks (472 pistas).

Format: Beyond Salsa Percussion Volume 1 is an introductory volume for the comprehensive Beyond Salsa Percussion series of music method books. Each volume is made up of an eBook with accompanying audio (and video if available) tracks. The eBook and audio tracks are sold separately.

eBook: The eBook is made available through our View to Print system. 187 pages.

Audio: All the audio has been organized into a whopping 472 audio tracks. Purchase the audio album on this page.

Free Audio: The FREE audio portion of this volume can be downloaded here.

To accommodate as many learning styles as possible, each rhythm is presented in eight ways: two types of standard notation, two types of graphic or "box" notation, full speed audio, slow motion audio, and two speeds using a special "task-by-task" learning method where the rhythm is learned one stroke at a time against a steady rhythmic accompaniment.

Each rhythm is first presented as a single part in its historical context and then in the combinations of two and three parts at once that a percussionist would be expected to play in various group situations.

The book will also be useful for those who can already play drums and timbales but need to quickly learn the necessary rhythms for salsa and timba, but for true beginners, our strategy is to learn to sing and tap all of the basic rhythms before taking your first lesson and there's a very important reason for doing it this way: As with golf or tennis lessons, learning to play a musical instrument is about physical movements, dexterity, timing, coordination and body language - the types of things that are easier to demonstrate than to explain and are easier to master when your brain stays calmly out of the way as your body goes through the learning process. If your brain is struggling to learn what to play, it interferes with your body's natural ability to learn how to play. To put it another way, if you're concentrating on mastering the pattern of a new rhythm, you won't be able to give 100% of your effort to tone production, posture, hand position, and feeling the groove, and you're likely to develop "bad habits" that are hard to unlearn later. But if you've already learned to sing, clap and tap the rhythms before you take your first lesson on drums or timbales, you'll be much more likely to succeed, and - just as important - you'll be much more likely to enjoy the process.

Click here for a FREE pdf sample of the Beyond Salsa Percussion Volume 1 eBook.

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