11/07/2017

Weekly Basslines #230: Amárrame (Mon Laferte feat. Juanes)

Here's the second episode of the south american and caribbean style transcriptions. 


Norma Monserrat Bastamante Laferte, better known as Mon Laferte is a chilean singer-songwriter. She plays several instruments like guitar, piano, drums and harmonica and although her influences are mainly rock, blues and pop she frequently uses traditional elements in her music. The song "Amárrame" is from her fifth album "La Trenza" and features the Colombian singer "Juanes" who had a big success here in Europe with his song "La camisa negra" in 2004. 

"Amárrame" like "La Camisa negra" is based on the Cumbia rhythm.

Cumbia is amusical style and a traditional dance from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, although it has been adapted in other latin american countries like Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina among others.

The “tambora” (a two headed drum) and other African percussion instruments make up the original Cumbia instrumentation.


Here’s the signature two bar tambora rhythm for the Cumbia:


Here’s the Cumbia-Rhythm played on drumset with a charateristic bass pattern:


And here's the bass transcription to "Amárrame":



See also episode 1 of the south american and caribbean style transcriptions:

Weekly Basslines #225: La Sitiera (Oscar D'Leon y su Orquestra)