I get pleasure from listening to Spanish music. Are you accustomed to Spanish pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton? They play exciting pieces by Spanish composers in preparations for 2 pianos.

Some of the items in their repertoire are written for 2 pianos, but many are initially written for piano solo and have been transcribed by Elena Martin for two pianos.

So, what's Latin Music, you ask? Nicely, I'd say it's an incredibly complex mosaic. We're speaking about music influences of Africa, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, the Center East, India and lots of more American cultures.

Maybe you're thinking that there is not a connection of music from the Andes with Mexican Mariachi music. Well, there is. Now, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music has been the 2 predominant Latin musical influences on jazz.

To use Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz tunes you need to know a bit in regards to the rhythmic pattern often known as clave. In a salsa band, you'll find each rhythm instrument just like the piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and cowbells. It is the rhythm that holds it all together. I love to really feel the beat. I admit, the rhythm could be challenging.

Now, clave is a two-bar rhythmic sample that occurs in two kinds: forward clave is called 3 & 2 and reverse clave is called 2 & 3.

In the forward clave, the accents fall on the primary beat, #Entertainment the "and" of the second beat, and the fourth beat of the primary measure and beats two and three of the second measure. It seems to be like this:

In four/4 time, play: notice, relaxation, notice, rest, be aware / rest, word, observe, rest.

With reverse clave the sample is reversed. The following 2 measures can be:

4/four time, you would play: rest, observe, word, rest / note, rest, observe, rest, note.

There may be another clave called the rumba clave. You will notice that the last be aware in rumba clave is delayed a half beat and performed on the "and" of the fourth beat.

So, the African or rumba rhythm would be:

4/four time, play beat, rest, rest, relaxation, beat / relaxation, beat, beat, rest.

Every part of Afro-Cuban rhythm, like drumming patterns, piano montuno, bass lines, melodic phrasing, etc. needs to be in gear with the clave.