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Saturday, July 14, 2007

El Güero Tiene Tumbao

For me, el Tumbao (in conjunction with the clave) is the heart of Cuban music. Specially, it is the groove in many forms of Afro-Cuban music. The word "tumbao" references a particular conga drum used in the early days.

The best book for learning Cuban Bass is Carlos Del Puerto's and Silvio Vergara's THE
TRUE CUBAN BASS/EL VERDADERO BAJO CUBANO. They meticulously go through the history of Cuban bass, starting with Danzón and moving all the way to the modern Songo and Mozambique. I highly recommend this book to any bass player of any tradition.

Also, a great accompaniment is Frank Malabe's Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset. Again, this book carefully goes through the history and development of this rich music, beginning with its African folkloric traditions, such as Bembe and Abacuá. I think it's very important for bassist to understand and play as much as possible the percussive elements of all music, especially Afro-Cuban/Afro-Caribbean music.

Here is a variety of tumbaos in 2 3 Rumba Clave, mainly centered around Db (dorian
& natural) minor:


Loretta said...

iQue bueno, mijo!

Love the display of books and opinions from you. Very helpful.

After the reading. . . stir up the ingredients. . . add the heart and soul . . . and play!

Very nice job!

Melanie said...

I love listening to you play the bass.

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).