Improvising Over Montunos
In this lesson Elio shares tips and insights on improvising over montunos. Elio shares improvisation principles that can be used when playing with a bass player and also when playing montunos in a solo piano context.
The basic form of the improvisation over montunos started within the cuban descargas in the 1950s by musicians such as Israel “Cachao” López who started exploring ideas on how to improvise over this music.
Cuban Improvisation Devices
In this lesson we cover a wide range of improvisation devices that can be used when playing Cuban piano styles. Elio demonstrates the following ideas and principles:
- Arpeggio patterns
- Chordal patterns
- Creating motifs
- Adding accents to motifs
- Improvising with octaves
Improvisation in Cha-Cha-Cha
All of the improvisation principles covered in this lesson can be applied to the cha-cha-cha style of Cuban music. Elio finishes this lesson with a demonstration of the concepts over a Cha-Cha-Cha groove.
In the next lesson of this course we explore the Cha-Cha-Cha in detail and how to use the same improvisational patterns and devices that can be used to improvise over montunos.
Improvising Over Montunos – Patterns File Type: pdf