What is the course about?
This practical course for intermediate pianists will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music and Salsa. The course will focus on rhythm, playing different Latin styles and soloing. You will play digital pianos and percussion in class and experience the thrill of playing in a Latin music ensemble.
What will we cover?
Introduction to Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha Bolero and more including the differences in these styles and their associated rhythms.
Montunos and how to play them including common variations.
The different percussion instruments used in Salsa (congas, bongos, clave guiro and cowbells), their associated rhythms/patterns and how these relate to Salsa piano.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the function of the piano in Salsa and Afro-Cuban music and learn how to play in this style.
- be familiar with the some of the different Latin music styles and be able to distinguish amongst them including Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Bolero.
- solo in this style of music incorporating different harmonic and rhythmic approaches
- have a better understanding of how to improve your music reading in this style including exercises to help you with this.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for intermediate players at around Grade 4 (ABRSM) and higher with sight-reading skills at a similar level. Ideally you will have a minimum of three year’s regular playing experience to get the most out of the class. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through practical playing sessions on our digital pianos receiving direct feedback from the tutor as well as listening to musical examples. You will be taught rhythmic and harmonic exercises to help you play in this style.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and some manuscript paper. You may wish to record parts of the classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a range of pop, jazz, Latin and classical piano courses.
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