What Is Latin Music?
What Is Latin Music?
I like listening to Spanish music. Are you acquainted with Spanish pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton? They play exciting pieces by Spanish composers in arrangements for just two pianos. Prince
Some of the pieces in their repertoire are written for 2 pianos, but many are originally written for piano solo and also have been transcribed by Elena Martin for just two pianos.
So, what's Latin Music, i hear you ask? Well, I'd voice it out is an incredibly complex mosaic. We're talking about music influences of Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, the center East, India and many more American cultures.
Maybe you are believing that there isn't any connection of music from your Andes with Mexican Mariachi music. Well, there is. Now, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music continues to be there's two main Latin musical influences on jazz.
To utilize Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz tunes you need to know somewhat concerning the rhythmic pattern known as clave. In a salsa band, you will find each rhythm instrument just like the piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and cowbells. It is the rhythm that holds it all up. I love to feel the beat. The truth is that, the rhythm can be challenging.
Now, clave is really a two-bar rhythmic pattern that occurs by 50 percent forms: forward clave is recognized as 3 & 2 and reverse clave is recognized as 2 & 3.
In the forward clave, the accents fall on the first beat, the "and" of the second beat, and the fourth beat of the first measure and beats two and three of 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 would 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 see that the past note in rumba clave is delayed one half beat and played around the "and" of the fourth beat. Prince
So, the African or rumba rhythm will 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. needs to be in gear using the clave.
The most important rule about clave is always that once the song starts, the clave doesn't change. Latin Music is enjoyed a lot of energy along with passion.
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