Timba Bass Lesson 3: 2-3 Tumbaos Example 3

This example uses another very common device used in timba basslines. To outline the clave, the tumbao simply uses all four quarter-notes on the two-side. This creates a different kind of rhythmic “hook” that anchors the line, giving room for the other side of the clave to have more space. In addition, notice how the first quarter-note plays the root of the first chord, while the fourth anticipates the next chord. Together, this creates both the rhythmic and melodic aspects of the “on-beat/off-beat” concept of clave alignment that we will discuss in further detail in the lessons to come.

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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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