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

Introducing the LPM "View to Print" system! Now you can view and print your favorite Sheet Music, eBooks and eZines from anywhere you have internet access. Print what you want, when you want, or just enjoy it on-screen in purely digital form.

Sheet Music and eBook files ('Charts') are made available via our custom 'View to Print" system. Windows XP / Vista / Win7 is required (new Mac users can boot in Windows) and you have to be on-line to access your purchases.

Please sample our featured sheet music titles (charts) from Orquesta Gitano, a gypsy-influenced salsa band, and Grupo Olubatá, which offers our premier folkloric product: a complete 48 page transcription of the Oru Seco for all three batá drums.

Featured eBooks (book + audio combination):

Frequently Asked Questions:

1- Do I need to be on-line to View and Print?
Yes. You must be on-line at all times when viewing and printing your sheet music, eBook or eZine (digital media). You will also need your LPM account username and password to access your media.

2- Do I need Adobe Acrobat?
No. All you need is Windows XP and a one-time install, which you will automatically prompted to complete, of the Secure LPM Viewer. The reason we mention Acrobat is that if your computer can print good quality pdfs then you will have no problem printing from the viewer with equal quality.

3- How many times can I View or Print my purchases?
Unlimited. Once you pay you can play. There are no restrictions once you complete the purchase properly and receive your access credentials (username and password).

4- How many times am I prompted to install the LPM Viewer?
It's a one-time install. You only need to install the Viewer the first time you buy a chart product (sheet music, eBook, or eZine) from us. After you complete a purchase click the 'View to Print' button in the 'Your Account Section' and download the Viewer. Once the ison is on your desktop you can double-click it. When prompted: 'Download the runtime libraries > click YES, then 'Run or Save this file (lpmviewer.msi) > click RUN, then 'Are you sure' > click RUN, then click through the LPM eBook Viewer installation. To end, click FINISH. After install, double-click on the Viewer icon again to view and print your purchase.

5- I installed the Viewer succesfully and nothing happened?
After the first one-time install, double-click the LPM Viewer icon again to activate the viewer. Remember, you will need your access credentials, the username and password you set upon checkout, to view and print your media.

If immediately after double clicking the LPM viewer again, you do not see a request for your username and chart password, then your Windows computer is blocking the access request. Please go to your Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Exceptions > Add Programs and add the LPM viewer. Please refer to the following images:

6- I have multiple printers. How do I change the printer I want the eBook to print to?
The viewer automatically prints to the Windows default printer. To change your default printer go CONTROL PANEL > PRINTERS & FAXES > then right click on the printer you want to print to and select "Set as Default Printer".

7- How can I see the whole page?
Just resize the Viewer window. Drag the edges or use the 'Restore Down' button on the top right of the your Viewer window (its the middle button, the one between 'Minimize' and 'Close').

8- How do I turn the page?
Use CTRL+N to flip to the next page or CTRL+P to flip to the previous page. To flip through the whole document use the horizontal scroll bar located at the bottom of the Viewer.

9- How can I print just one page? Print all pages?
To print one page just view the page you want and select 'Print Page' from the File Menu. To print all pages just selct 'Print All' from the File Menu.

10- How do I change my printing preferences?
The Viewer will print to the setting set on our default printer. To change the those setting go to 'START > Settings > Printers and Faxes' and select your default printer preferences by right-clicking on your default printer.

11- After I re-installed Windows, why do some of the noteheads look strange?
The answer is missing fonts, the Maestro font in specific. All the pages with notation have the fonts embedded. If they look strange in your viewer then download these three fonts and install (drag and drop) them into the Fonts folder located inside your Windows folder ( C:/Windows > Fonts ).

Click here to download the MAESTRO music notation font (ttf = true type font)

Click here to download the MAESTRO wide music notation font (ttf = true type font)

Click here to download the MAESTRO percussion notation font (ttf = true type font)

** Right-click on each link and select Save link as.. (look at the image below)

12- How do I uninstall the LPM Viewer?
Go to 'START > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs' and find the LPM eBook Viewer. The select 'Remove'.