Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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Beyond Salsa For Beginners

Artist:   Kevin Moore

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Instructional 2012 184 1
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© 2012 A. Kevin Moore. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  2-3 cáscara - fast 1:11 cáscara rhythm (fast) 2-3 clave
02  2-3 baqueteo - fast 1:09 baqueteo rhythm (fast) 2-3 clave
03  tumba de guaguancó - fast 1:33 low conga rhythm for rumba guaguancó - fast
04  Pare Cochero - conga + vocals 0:41 rhythmic relationship of vocals and the conga drum
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Beyond Salsa for Beginners: An Introduction to Latin Music for Dancers and Listeners is the flagship volume for the comprehensive Beyond Salsa series that includes multi-volume sets of books on each instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: piano, bass, drums, timbales, bongó, congas, clave, ensemble, etc. There is an introductory free download of 107 audio files with sample pdf available here. 248 pages (248 páginas) with 184 audio tracks (184 pistas).

** SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy both the Beyond Salsa For Beginners AND the Beyond Salsa Percussion Volume 1 eBooks, then the author (Kevin Moore kevin [at] timba [dot] com) will send you all of the audio for both books for free.

Format: Beyond Salsa For Beginners is an introductory volume for the comprehensive Beyond Salsa series of music method books. Each volume is made up of an eBook with accompanying audio (and video if available) tracks. The eBook and audio tracks are sold separately.

eBook: The eBook is made available through our View to Print system. 248 pages.

Special notes about Beyond Salsa For Beginners

** BSFB is one of the longest volumes of the series (definitely the longest interns of text versus notation).The eBook will take a few minutes to load so please be patient and thanks for all the support!

** No need to buy this AUDIO ALBUM if you already purchased the audio album for Beyond Salsa Percussion Volume 1!

Audio: All the audio has been organized into 184 audio tracks. Purchase the audio album on this page.

Free Audio: The FREE audio portion of this volume can be downloaded here.


The Beyond Salsa For Beginners method alternates between two different types of chapters:Listening Tours and Clapping, Singing and Dancing Exercises.

The Listening Tours cover the full history of Cuban music: Afro-Cuban folkloric music, rumba, changüí, comparsa, son, danzón, son montuno, songo, timba, salsa et al. For each genre we have a "highlighted track" - analyzed with time stamps to point out the main features. After a short history of the genre and its place in the overall scheme of things, we have a Further Listening list. The idea is to make a playlist of the highlighted tracks and listen repeatedly to develop an emotional connection with the music before studying the chapter.

Interspersed among the Listening Tours are four Rhythmic Exercises chapters on clapping, counting and singing the basic rhythms on which all of this music is based: clave, the basic dance steps, cinquillo, tresillo, and all the other essential rhythms of Latin music.

Click here for a FREE pdf sample of the Beyond Salsa For Beginners eBook.

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Email the author = kevin [at] timba [dot] com