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.
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Understanding Clave

Artist:   Kevin Moore

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01  2-3 Rumba Clave Slow 1:27 rumba clave in 4/4 time - slow (track 3 of 36)
02  Part 3-Audio Track 4 0:55 dance and feel the clave on Dile a Catalina (track 12 of 36)
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This important supplement to the "Beyond Salsa" tackles one the most infamously confusing topics in all of music: clave. The goal of this book is to present a hands‐on course using singing and dancing exercises to master this fundamental rhythm concept. This book is also written for teachers of Cuban music, many of whom were born around clave and can sing, dance and clap clave correctly without thinking. If you’re one of these lucky folks, going through the exercises and explanations will help you understand the problems your students have and give you ways to help get them up to speed. This Beyond Salsa supplement volume is set to become the new standard for completely understanding and decoding the clave as a fundamental concept and rhythm. 88 pages (88 páginas) with 36 audio tracks (36 pistas).

Special notes about Understanding Clave (Singing, Clapping & Dancing Exercises):

** Understanding Clave (Singing, Clapping & Dancing Exercises) is an important supplement to the Beyond Salsa series of instructional books. This supplement is composed of an eBook with free audio tracks. The eBook can be purchased through our View to Print system.

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** All 36 audio tracks specifically demonstrate the exercises explained in the text. For example in audio track Part 3-Audio Track 04 the kick drum shows you when to move your feet for the basic dance step, while the clave and the piano demonstrate the music.

This is a hands‐on course using singing and dancing exercises to master one the most infamously confusing topics in all of music: clave. I felt compelled to write this book after years of studying, playing, teaching and discussing Cuban music, reading all the available literature, and observing the teaching and discussions of musicians, students, dancers, famous artists and other interested parties.

It seems that every discussion and lecture on clave starts with great promise and simplicity and quickly devolves into utter mayhem, leaving me thinking to myself, “it doesn’t have to be this hard”. The goal of this book is turn that statement into a reality.

This book is also written for teachers of Cuban music, many of whom were born around clave and can sing, dance and clap clave correctly without thinking. If you’re one of these lucky folks, going through the exercises and explanations will help you understand the problems your students have and give you ways to help get them up to speed.

After years of listening to people trying to explain and discuss this prickly subject, I’ve come to the conclusion that it can only be successfully understood through hands‐on exercises.

There’s no point in learning a term, or a concept, until you can sing, play or clap the real musical pattern to which the term or concept refers. A rule, definition or explanation will only ring true when you’re able to confirm it with a real and immediate bodily experience.

With this in mind, we always start with an audio file (free download at clave.latinpulsemusic.com), and ask you to memorize it to the point of “overkill” before even attempting to study the text associated with it.

This Understanding Clave supplement also features outstanding photographs by Tom Ehrlich.

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.

Click here for a pdf sample of the BSP supplement Understanding Clave & Clave Changes.

Email the author = kevin [at] timba [dot] com


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