Changüí & Melodic Tumbao
In this lesson we touch upon the advanced grooves in Cuban music. We explore a couple of advanced forms of montunos starting with an advanced form of Changüí.
Highly Syncopated Changüí
Like many forms of Cuban music, the spine of Changüí is the clave. Changüí montunos are highly syncopated through the use of off beat accents and cross rhythms.
Before attempting to play advanced Changüí grooves it’s important that you have fully mastered the clave rhythm and how this aligns and interacts with montuno patterns.
Melodic Tumbao: Bass Lines & Melody
We explore a modern form of son montuno which is harmonised with 3rd intervals. We keep the highly syncopated form that we previously explored in the Changüí style.
This style of playing is called Melodic tumbao which is the most difficult form of tumbao in modern Cuban Timba. Elio demonstrates the bass patterns of this style whilst tapping the clave and then the melodic aspect of the tumbao asuming that you are playing with a bass player.
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