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What's Latin Music?

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What's Latin Music?
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I like hearing Spanish music. Are you acquainted with Spanish pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton? They play exciting pieces by Spanish composers in arrangements for 2 pianos.

A number of the pieces in their repertoire are written for 2 pianos, but some are originally written for piano solo and possess been transcribed by Elena Martin for just two pianos. Incondicional

So, what's Latin Music, you ask? Well, I would say it is an incredibly complex mosaic. We're discussing music influences of Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, the guts East, India and much more American cultures.

Are you convinced that there isn't any connection of music from the Andes with Mexican Mariachi music. Well, there is certainly. Now, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music has been there's two main Latin musical influences on jazz.

To make use of Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz tunes you must know a bit in regards to the rhythmic pattern known as clave. In the salsa band, you'll find each rhythm instrument like the piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and cowbells. It is the rhythm that holds it all together. I love to notice the beat. The truth is that, the rhythm can be tough. Bachata

Now, clave is really a two-bar rhythmic pattern that develops by 50 percent forms: forward clave is called 3 & 2 and reverse clave is known as 2 & 3.

Within the forward clave, the accents fall about the first beat, the "and" from the second beat, as well as the fourth beat with the first measure and beats two and three with the second measure. It appears as though this:

In 4/4 time, play: note, rest, note, rest, note / rest, note, note, rest.

With reverse clave the pattern is reversed. The following 2 measures will be:

4/4 time, you'll play: rest, note, note, rest / note, rest, note, rest, note.

There is certainly another clave called the rumba clave. You will find that the last note in rumba clave is delayed 1 / 2 beat and played on the "and" from the fourth beat.

So, the African or rumba rhythm could be:

4/4 time, play beat, rest, rest, rest, beat / rest, beat, beat, rest.

All of Afro-Cuban rhythm, like drumming patterns, piano montuno, bass lines, melodic phrasing, etc. must be in gear with all the clave.

The main rule about clave is always that when the song starts, the clave doesn't change. Latin Music is enjoyed lots of energy and with passion.

 

Posted Oct 24, 2014 at 8:10am

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