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.

eBooks & Sheet Music

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All your personalized eBook pdfs are made available for purchase with a Personal Use License, where any and all distribution, duplication, sharing, resale and any other unauthorized use is strictly prohibited and a violation of applicable laws (criminal offense). We sincerely ask for your cooperation in the fight against piracy so we can continue to make these excellent Latin music resources and material available for study.

LPM is the exclusive eBook and audio distributor of the acclaimed BEYOND SALSA series of instructional books, the absolute best method for learning Cuban music styles. Please sample these featured eBooks titles here (Beyond Salsa Series). 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.

Beyond Salsa Piano-Bass-Percussion is a history and anthology of the role of these instruments 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.

** Click here or on any of the two images on the right to download a free sample of Beyond Salsa Piano Volume 1. **

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.

We also offer a premier folkloric product: a complete 48 page transcription of the Oru Seco for all three batá drums. Call it a living rhythmic anthology or a collection of percussion lore, the Oru del Igdodú (commonly known as the oru seco, meaning without singing) is a constantly evolving body of work that every respectable percussionist must be familiar with. It is said that every possible interesting permutation between the 4/4 and 6/8 meters is represented in the oru seco. The movements are played on three batá (double-headed hourglass drums) led by the main drum -the Iyá- and supported by the Itótele and the Okónkolo. Even a shallow secular analysis of the rhythms will quickly reveal its profound influence of all Caribbean music (salsa being the most general term).

** Click here or on the image on the right to download a free sample of the Oru Seco transcription the Iyá, Itótele and Okónkolo batá drums. **

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Frequently Asked Questions:


1- How are the eBooks / charts / sheet music delivered?
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2- Do I need Adobe Acrobat Reader?
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3- What is the best browser to use to buy eBooks (both Windows and MAC)?
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4- What is a Personal License?
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5- What is a personalized pdf?
A personalized pdf is a file that is permanently watermarked with your personal information of every page. Removal of said watermark is a violation of the terms of service and can result in a suspension of your LPM account (you will not be able to make any more purchases). We sincerely ask for your cooperation in the fight against piracy so we can continue to make these excellent Latin music resources and material available for study.