Stabe vs. Unstable Syncopations
In this lesson we explore the concept of unstable syncopations. Unstable rhythmic patterns and structures are used in modern Cuban music to create a sense of unpredictability, tension, and excitement.
What Is Stable Syncopation?
So far in this course we have been playing only stable syncopations. A stable syncopation is a rhythm where the syncopated pattern repeats itself over and over. Elio starts by giving 2 examples of stable syncopations that we have explored in the previous lessons.
“Timba” Style Of Cuban Music
Modern Cuban musicians play around with the accents and phrasing to create an unstable feeling on the Tumbao. This style of playing is referred to as “Timba” which is a high form of danceable cuban music. Timba incorporates the feeling of the rumba and Afro-Cuban music and also incorporates the rhythmic nuances of the mambo and the cha-cha-cha.
Stable vs. Unstable Comparison
Elio demonstrates the difference between a stable syncopation and an unstable syncopation using a D7 chord. The stable version has a repeating syncopated pattern and Elio then moves the syncopations around by alternating the accented notes.
We finish by applying an unstable right hand part whilst keeping the typical bass pattern in the left hand.
Stable Rhythm File Type: pdf
Unstable Rhythm File Type: pdf