Rhumba & Habanera Grooves
In this lesson we explore Caribbean rhythms and their influence on New Orleans piano styles.
The Rhumba and Habanera grooves are an important element of the rhythmic toolbox of New Orleans Piano to make the music funky.
The Rhumba – Professor Longhair
The Rhumba is often associated with Professor Longhair. The Rhumba left hand pattern creates a broken rhythm that works for dancers. We offset the left hand pattern with our right hand by playing in the gaps.
In a New Orleans context, the Rhumba and the Habanera are very closely linked.
The Habanera – Cuban Rhythms
The Habanera used the same rhythmic pattern as the Rhumba. The Habanera is a style of music that came from Havana and became popular in the late 1800s and is still played in Cuba to this day.
Habanera has a distinctive rhythmic feel which Jelly Roll Morton called the ‘Spanish tinge’. The phrase ‘Spanish tinge’ is a reference to the Afro-Latin rhythmic touch that spices up the more conventional 4/4 rhythms commonly used in jazz and pop music.
Rhumba Bass Line & Rhythms File Type: pdf
Habanera Bass Lines & Rhythm File Type: pdf
Bass Line Comparison File Type: pdf