Timba Bass Lesson 3: 2-3 Tumbaos Example 2

Now that we have our melodic “hook” that outlines the three-side of the clave, it’s now time to fill in the rest of the two-bar phrase. This example uses a very common device used in timba basslines for outlining the two-side of the clave.  Noticed that the root falls heavily on beat “three” which lines up with the second accent of the two-side, thus creating a strong downbeat to anchor the line in place.

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As always, this blog entry is not meant to be a complete tutorial, just a brief demonstration of a general concept. If any of these terms are unfamiliar to you, be sure to check out my book, The John Benitez Method Vol 1. I also highly recommend any of Kevin Moore’s Beyond Salsa Bass Series. If you’re interested in learning more, comment below or contact me directly if you have any questions or are interested in private lessons either online or in person. Happy practicing and see you on the next one!

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