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Learn Musicality for Latin Dancing

Learn Musicality for Latin Dancing

Here at addicted2salsa, we try (when we can) to contribute salsa news, videos and information that can hopefully improve your overall salsa dancing and social lifestyle. This weekend I found a good blog that DJDoubleC posted in our social site: the very recent Salsa-Musicality blog. I was very enthusiastic and impressed with the wealth of information that this author has posted and wanted to share some thoughts.

Another great percussion solo : Mongo Santamaria

Well, Orion from the forums posted this video of Mongo Santamaria doing a precussion solo - and I just had to put it on the frontpage. Another great vintage video. The end part of the video talks about the african tribes, and how a new chief would would ask his expert craftsman to make an great instrument whose excellence would recognize the new Chief's greatness. Another interesting fact noted in the video (according to it), Elephant ears were used as the covering of the drum.

Learn to Play Solo Percussion in Salsa Music

Regardless of whether you understand whats going on (or even how this video of a DVD tries to show you how to perform good percussion solos) - just listening to the solos are great! For those who dance On1 - , listen very carefully to the music here (because the clave and rhythm is isolated for you to hear). This is really what we (On2) dancers use in the music to dance to. You might say it sounds like cha-cha - well....you are correct, but you dance Cha-Cha On2, and the same instrumental fundamentals of clave apply to Salsa/Mambo. That's why, people who dance salsa on2 can easily dance cha-cha correctly (and vice-versa) because all you are doing is replacing the pause with a cha-cha-cha step. There is no cha-cha On1 - it doesn't make sense because the cha-cha-cha happens on 4-and-5 and 8-and-1 in the music (just listen to it) - meaning your break happens on 2-3 and 6-7... just like in.... Salsa on2 :-).

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