Adios Muchachos (Tango) (1927)

This is our 2nd tango – this is Argentinian. While the musician has some “latitude” with the melody – the “TANGO” beat is to never be interrupted – well maybe for DRAMA at the phrase endings!

Many popular songs in the United States have borrowed melodies from the tango: the earliest published tango, El Choclo, lent its melody to the fifties hit Kiss of Fire. Similarly Adiós Muchachos became – I Get Ideas, and Strange Sensation was based on La Cumparsita. Try these tangos out too!

The typical Tango is written in 2/4 – I wrote this arrangement in 4/4 – for ease of reading. SOO – please keep a 2/2 style beat. (Count only on 1 & 3)

Link – Adios Muchachos Tango

About the Argentine Tango:

Tango dance is essentially walking with a partner and the music. Dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a tango is extremely important to dancing tango. A good dancer is one who transmits a feeling of the music to the partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance.

A striking difference between Argentine tango and ballroom tango is in the shape and feel of the embrace. Ballroom technique dictates that partners arch their upper bodies away from each other, while maintaining contact at the hip, in an offset frame.

In Argentine tango, it is nearly the opposite: the dancers’ chests are closer to each other than are their hips, and often there is contact at about the level of the chest (the contact point differing, depending on the height of the leader and the closeness of the embrace). In close embrace, the leader and the follower’s chests are in contact and they are dancing with their heads touching or very near each other.

Unlike the majority of social dances, Argentine tango does not have a basic step; instead is a completely improvised dance combining various elements in a spontaneous manner, as determined by the lead.

When the spirit of the music is characterized by counterpoint marking, clarity in the articulation is needed. It has a clear, repetitive pulse or beat, a strong tango-rhythm which is based on the 2×4, 2 strong beats on 4 (dos por cuatro).