One of my
students recently joined a band that plays latin music. He gave me a list of songs and now we're exploring the wonderful world of south american and caribbean styles.
Here’s the first song we did:
Sitiera” is basically a “bolero”, a cuban style which features a slow 2/4
rhythm and must be clearly distinguished by the spanish "Bolero"
which is in 3/4 time.
rhythmic elements of cuban bolero are played on shaker (maracas) and congas:
A basic bolero bass pattern is played like this:
I described "La Sitiera" as basically bolero because in some parts of the song the rhythm changes
to a Cha-Cha, for example in bars 33 – 36 (1:28min.), bars 41 – 44 (1:44min.) and from bar 61 until the
Charateristic elements of the Cha Cha groove are;
cowbell plays on every quarter note
guiro plays a pattern alternating between quarter and eighth notes
characteristic conga rhythm has two distinct open hits on the high conga on
beats 4 & 4+
As you can
see the Cha Cha is notated in 4/4 (that's the reason why I notated the whole song in 4/4).
bars 33-36 with a characteristic Cha Cha bassline:
Here's the complete transcription of "La Sitiera" by Oscar D'Leon y su Orquestra:
Last year I did another transcription of a cuban bolero:
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This is another request from Sherry & Matthew from Michigan.