Arpeggio Drills For Montunos
In this lesson we explore a range of exercises that are useful for students who have never played montunos or other Cuban piano styles.
These exercises include chordal drills, arpeggio-based drills, and drills which contain both chordal elements and arpeggios. The drills and exercises covered in this lesson can be used as a warm-up routine and the patterns can also be applied when improvising over montunos as we will explore later in this module.
We start with simple chordal drills outlining the diatonic triads of the C major scale. We explore a number of variations on this drill such as inverting the right hand triad shapes to create a distance of a third between our left hand root notes on our right hand chords.
Arpeggios play a important role in Cuban piano improvisation and the construction of montunos. Arpeggios patterns follow the outline of the underlying harmony whilst providing more rhythmic possibilities compared to chord based fills. This makes arpeggios particularly effective for improvising in highly-syncopated Cuban piano styles.
Chord Based Exercises File Type: pdf
Arpeggio Based Exercises File Type: pdf
Arpeggios with Doubled Notes File Type: pdf
Combine Chords & Arpeggios File Type: pdf