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Beyond Salsa Piano - The New Instructional Standard for Latin Jazz?

December 08, 2009

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

For anyone wanting to learn how to play salsa piano we are proud to present the new standard in instructional piano books -Kevin Moore's first in a series of of comprehensive methods for contemporary Latin styles. This is a first in a series of instructional methods composed of an 84 page eBook with 100 audio tracks.

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.

VOLUME 1 begins around 1900 and covers the origins of the tumbao concept using transcriptions from genres, such as changüí, danzón, son and son montuno, which pre-date the use of piano in Cuban music. This material is designed to be playable by near-beginners, players of other instruments, and arrangers seeking to acquire a basic facility on piano. From a strictly musical point of view, the material, especially the changüí and Arsenio Rodríguez tumbaos, should be very interesting to modern ears and useful in playing and arranging modern-day music.

BEYOND SALSA PIANO - VOLUME 1 is a first in a series of instructional methods composed of an 84 page eBook with 100 audio tracks. The eBook and audio tracks are sold separately. All 100 audio tracks have stereo separation: the left channel has the left hand piano part and the right channel has the right hand piano part. Click here for a pdf and audio sample of the Beyond Salsa Piano Volume 1. Hard copies are also available on This is the first book in a instructional series set to become the new standard for contemporary Latin piano styles.

For all inquiries please contact the author Kevin Moore at kevin [at] timba [dot] com.

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  • There is a history of musical innovations being forged on the island of Cuba before finally breaking out into the wider world and making their mark on music at large. Books like those by Rebeca Mauleón have enabled more of us to participate in that process. Now, ten years after Rebeca’s last book, Kevin Moore has produced a unique and outstanding set of works which make the last twenty years of Cuban music accessible to anyone who cares to learn to play it. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the world is now ready for an injection of Cuban timba.
    - Keith Johnson, England