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What Is Latin Music?

What Is Latin Music?

I enjoy listening to Spanish music. Are you familiar with Spanish pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton? They play thrilling items by Spanish composers in arrangements for 2 pianos.

A number of the items of their repertoire are written for two #Venezuelan pianos, however many are originally written for piano solo and have been transcribed by Elena Martin for two pianos.

So, what is Latin Music, you ask? Properly, I would say it's an incredibly advanced mosaic. We're speaking about music influences of Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, the Center East, India and lots of more American cultures.

Maybe you are thinking that there isn't a connection of music from the Andes with Mexican Mariachi music. Well, there is. Now, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music has been the two primary Latin musical influences on jazz.

To use Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz tunes you could know a bit concerning the rhythmic pattern referred to as clave. In a salsa band, you will discover each rhythm instrument like the piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and cowbells. It's the rhythm that holds all of it together. I love to really feel the beat. I admit, the rhythm may be challenging.

Now, clave is a two-bar rhythmic pattern that occurs in forms: forward clave is named three & 2 and reverse clave is called 2 & 3.

In the forward clave, the accents fall on the primary beat, the "and" of the second beat, and the fourth beat of the first measure and beats and three of the second measure. It looks like this:

In 4/four time, play: observe, relaxation, observe, rest, word / relaxation, notice, be aware, rest.

With reverse clave the pattern is reversed. The next 2 measures would be:

4/4 time, you'd play: rest, observe, observe, rest / word, rest, notice, rest, note.

There's one other clave called the rumba clave. You will note that the last note in rumba clave is delayed a half beat and performed on the "and" of the fourth beat.

So, the African or rumba rhythm would be:

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

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