The Roots of Timba, Pt I - 1948-Esa china tiene coimbre

1948 Arsenio Rodríguez - Esa china tiene coimbre
xx0x 0xxx
0xx0 xx0x 2-3 son clave
xxxx xxxx xxxx xxx0
xxx0 00x0 xxx0 00x0
MIDI example
Lázaro Prieto

notes: This clave-neutral tumbao has several qualities we've already encountered -- it has a unique melody; it incorporates two successive skips of a perfect 4th; it relates in specific ways to the melody of the vocalists; and it changes harmony before the downbeat. What we haven't seen before is a tumbao where the harmony changes on the last subdivision before the beat. We've seen the chord change on the beat (0xxx xxxx), and, more often in Arsenio, on the "ponche" (xxxx xx0x), but here it changes on the subdivision after the ponche (xxxx xxx0).


Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 03:32 AM