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Cuban Masters Series - The Cuban Tres

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54 Page Book

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DVD (works with the book)


Learn to play the Cuban tres from a true master.


In this book, you will learn about the Cuban tres and how to play it correctly. Your guide is Leonel "Guajiro" Gonzalez, who has played in many Cuban bands including Elito Reve and many sessions in studios around Havana.Leonel will open your eyes as to the possibilities of using the Cuban tres in, not just a traditional context, but also to play timba, danzon, mambo and other styles.

 

Cuban Masters Series - Piano

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52 Page Book

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DVD (works with the book)


At last, you can take a lesson from a Cuban piano master. Emilio Morales, along with musicologist Jon Griffin, will guide you through the full array of Cuban styles. From traditional Cha-cha-chá and bolero to son moderno and timba. This book will show you actual examples of Cuban music, not just a bunch of exercises to practice.

Includes:

  • Understanding Montuno
  • Son Montuno
  • Montuno Variations
  • Cha-cha-chá
  • Danzón
  • Danzón Form
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
  • Playing With the Bass
  • Timba
  • Changüi
  • Modern Son
  • Much More!

Cuban Percussion

Cuban Masters Series - The Cuban Tres

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38 Page Book

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DVD (works with the book)


 

There are certain fundamentals that anyone playing Cuban music must understand. These go beyond clave and montuno.

You must learn about the role of hand percussion and how the singer phrases his melody and inspirations. Don’t skip over this material simply because you may feel that you don’t need to know it.

Even if you never plan to play the claves, güiro, or campana, you should still understand the parts and strive to listen to them. As you will see, there is a reason that these musical instruments are still prominent in Cuban music today. Think of them as the glue. Without them, it would be very hard to hold some of the syncopated grooves together.

 

Cuba Culture

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Cuba: One Island, Two Faces DVD

Join us on a fabulous trip to Cuba.

Visit the tourist areas and the “real” Cuba.

Informative and Entertaining

Highlights of our journey include:

  • Havana Vieja – Enjoy the rich history and architecture of the capital.
  • Buena Vista – A suburb of Havana with a beatiful view.
  • Pinar del Rio – Tobacco and Sugar Cane are king here.
  • Vinales – The Viñales Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 1999, for the outstanding karst landscape and traditional agriculture.
  • Varadero – Tourist destination with white sand beaches and many hotels.
  • Go on a motorcycle sidecar tour of Buena Vista (yes the same city as the Buena Vista Social Club)

I learned a lot about Cuba and it even helped my daughter on her school report! I loved it. — Claude Harris – Northridge, California