What is the course about?
A practical workshop for intermediate players - frontline and rhythm section, giving you hands on experience of playing in a Latin band ensemble.Emphasis on developing sight reading, improvising and rhythmic ensemble skills. Play Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo Cha-cha-cha and more.
What will we cover?
Introduction to Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Bolero and more including their different styles and rhythms
Play through a wide and varied repertoire of Salsa/Afro-Cuban Big Band charts
Learn to solo in this style of music with an emphasis on rhythmic and harmonic development and sight reading.
Learn about percussion used in Salsa, and their associated rhythms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Play through some well-known Salsa/Afro-Cuban repertoire arranged for Big Band.
Distinguish between Latin music styles including Son montuno, Mambo, and Cha-cha-cha.
Understand different harmonic and rhythmic approaches in how to solo in this style of music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for intermediate players at around ABRSM Grade 4 or higher with decent sight reading skills at a similar level. Ideally you should have a minimum of four years regular playing experience to get the most out of this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through practical playing sessions where you will work on Salsa/Afro-Cuban Big Band charts with guidance from the tutor including approaches to sight reading, improvising and learning how to listen and play in a large ensemble in this style of music. You may be expected to practice the charts outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your instrument, and if you play bass, guitar, piano or drums please make sure the Music dept knows you wish to enrol. Rhythm section places are limited.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details