Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Bass

Categories: Bass
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Irio goes over how to play Afro-Cuban rhythms on the bass.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn different Afro-Cuban styles such as merengue, son & tumbao, mambo, bolero, and cha cha.
  • Learn how to play together with the clave and percussion section.
  • Learn how to incorporate Afro-Cuban styles in other genres.
  • Learn how to perfect your bass tone and muting technique.

Course Content

Introduction/Cha Cha Chá
Irio gives a quick rundown on the story of Afro-Cuban music, the clave patterns and how to achieve a good bass tone for the style.

  • Introduction to Afro-Cuban Music
  • Clave & Percussion
  • Cha Cha Bassline
  • Bass Tone and Right Hand Muting Technique

Cha Cha Chá & Bolero
Irio expands even more on the Cha Cha basslines and introduces another slower type of Afro Cuban music: The Bolero

Son & Tumbao
Irio introduces the Son and the importance of playing the Tumbao anticipating chords, as well as Tumbao with extended chords.

Rhythmic Combinations
Irio shows how to combine Cha Cha over Mambo and vice-versa and as well how to incorporate these styles on non Afro Cuban styles of music. Also Irio introduces the Merengue and its variations such as the Pambiche.

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