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Learn to Play the Latin Style Bass – Level 1

The coolest way to spice up a Latin style song is to learn to read and then to “add on your own” this bass style. The exercise starts you out VERY simply – to get your counts going – then you will be ready to try it out on these two solos.

Link – Intro to Latin Bass Level 1

Practice these two songs (Read PART 3 FIRST)

Link – More – Solo or Duet or Trio

Following my prior instructions – Read the bass line first and create chord patterns for your right hand. (More & Yellow Bird – this could be a 4th Part!)

Link – Yellow Bird – Solo or Duet or Trio

Listen to all 3 – Yellow Bird (totally different styles!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZkqjZLZrE and Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVtmS3QU2cw and Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgqq0Upqkx8&list=PL40835685592A6DFC

About Yellow Bird – This Haitian folk song is also known as “Ti Zwazo” and “Choucoune” It was later translated into the English as “Yellow Bird.”

One of Oswald Durand’s most famous works, the 1883 Choucoune is a lyrical poem that praises the beauty of a Haitian woman of that nickname. Michel Mauleart Monton, an American-born pianist with a Haitian father and American mother composed music for the poem in 1893, appropriating some French and Caribbean fragments to create his tune. The song Choucoune was first performed in Port-au-Prince on 14 May 14, 1893. It became a popular slow méringue (mereng) in Haiti, and was played prominently during the bicentennial celebrations in Port-au-Prince in 1949.

The song also appeared in the 1957 Calypso-exploitation film Calypso Heat Wave, performed by The Tarriers, sung by the group’s lead singer, Alan Arkin.