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Talking Style: Flavoring the 3:2 Clave

Talking Style: Flavoring the 3:2 Clave

In this episode we’ll continue to explore the Afro-Carribean influence on the musics that we know as Rock and Roll and R&B. I’m going to show you just a few ways that I use note length and some other “flavor packets” to spice up the 3:2 Clave and give it my own style and personality.  I’ve included some transcriptions of...

Talking Style: Prince’s “Uptown”

Talking Style: Prince’s “Uptown”

It has now been one week since my hero passed away. Like everyone else on the planet I am still in great shock and disbelief. Even though I had another episode “in the can” and ready to go I thought that it would be most fitting to share with you the first bass line that I ever learned, “Uptown” by...

Talking Style: The Tresillo Rhythm

Talking Style: The Tresillo Rhythm

The tresillo is derived from the fundamental Latin music groove called “habenera”. It can also be thought of as a variation on the Afro-Cuban son clave. Ragtime pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton famously called the tresillo that “Spanish tinge” that is a necessary ingredient for New Orleans jazz. The prominence of the tresillo in African-American music traditions and, particularly...