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Cuban Masters Series – Cuban Tres Bolero

In this lesson, Leonel talks about the Cuban bolero and plays a fantastic solo. He also discusses the guajeo, or introduction to the solo.

Cuban Masters Series Cuban Tres
Cuban Masters Series Cuban Tres

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Transcript (lots of playing on this one)

Let’s look at the tres bolero style.

This bolero was composed by the late Pedro Flores. It's called “Obsession.” (demonstrates with the tres)

Montuno… (demonstrates with the tres)

We just played a montuno after the bolero.

This adds a lot of movement and creates what is known as guajeo.

The guajeo is a kind of segue to begin a solo… (demonstrates with the tres)

The solo…