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What Is Latin Music?

What Is Latin Music?

#Entertainment I take pleasure in listening to Spanish music. Are you accustomed to Spanish pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton? They play exciting pieces by Spanish composers in arrangements for two pianos.

Some of the pieces of their repertoire are written for 2 pianos, but many are originally written for piano solo and have been transcribed by Elena Martin for 2 pianos.

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

Maybe you might be pondering that there is not a connection of music from the Andes with Mexican Mariachi music. Well, there is. Now, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music has been the 2 principal Latin musical influences on jazz.

To use Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz tunes you want to know a bit about the rhythmic sample generally known as clave. In a salsa band, you will find each rhythm instrument like the piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and cowbells. It's the rhythm that holds it all together. I like to really feel the beat. I admit, the rhythm can be challenging.

Now, clave is a two-bar rhythmic sample that occurs in varieties: forward clave is known as 3 & 2 and reverse clave is named 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 4/4 time, play: observe, rest, note, relaxation, notice / relaxation, be aware, notice, rest.

With reverse clave the sample is reversed. The following 2 measures could be:

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

There may be another clave called the rumba clave. You will note that the last word in rumba clave is delayed a half beat and played on the "and" of the fourth beat.

So, the African or rumba rhythm can be:

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

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


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