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Salsa: Ear Training

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Cueing the start of the dance cycle: Introduction

The tumbao moderno is a fundamental rhythm in salsa, which can be found, though not exclusively, at slow-tempo in güajiras; at mid-tempo in chachachás and son-montunos; and up-tempo in mambos.

We'll start by getting acquainted with the most prominent tonal feature of the rhythm - the double open tones, and its role in the dancing of salsa. Contrary to what you might expect, this tutorial is about first learning when not to dance; and it is from there that we infer when to dance.


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