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Rhythm Tracks
TextJames Kometani
Key=Am Meter=4/4 Tempo=110bpm
Latin Rhythm Tracks

There are many Latin rhythms with strict rules of conduct that can fill volumes of books. Here is a sampler.

Lively percussion and rhythmic arpeggiation of chords form a basic structure. The constant adding and subtracting of parts can be equated to methods used in Dub Reggae or House Rap. In the case of latin music, the percussion is featured when the rest o

There are 6 sections which are 4 bars in length.

Section A - The piano arpeggiates the Am and G triads two octaves apart. This conistent pattern forms the rhythmic backbone. The percussion is very sparse and there is no bass part yet.

Section B - Variation on section A. The rim shot plays rolls and fills to liven up the percussion part. All else stays same.

Section C - The bass part in latin music will frequently anticipate the downbeat by a sixteenth-note because the percussion is taking care of downbeat emphasis.

For this section, the chord progression is Am, G, F, G, Am. The piano is now playing arpeggiated patterns in the lower ocatve using a different inversion of the chord. The piano part's left and the right hand are now harmonized.

Horn kicks are added for spice.

Section D - The bass drops out again and the percussion ensemble is let loose on their instruments.

Claves are super-imposed over this fast paced rhythm to emphasize a slower, more basic pulse. Very subtle.

Meanwhile, the piano plays an alternate figure which is rather tricky. It goes between the Am and the G, but waits an extra beat to return to the Am. The percussion parts are still emphasizing metrically even rhythms.

Section E - The whole ensemble plays. The chord progression is the same as in section A, but now the feel is like a freight train with all parts locking into the flow leaving no gaps.

Horns are added for punctuation.

Section F - Variation on section E. The only difference is that the piano is now playing in different inversions like in section C.

You can mute any track by double-clicking on the checkmark in that track.

If you prefer to play in another key, use the Key+ column in the Track pane to move all non-percussion tracks up or down by half-steps. This can also be done by using the Edit | Transpose feature in Cakewalk.

Use Drag and Drop copying to make sections of music longer. Also, use copying and pasting functions to create new songs from these musical building blocks. Please refer to the Cakewalk user's guide for specific instructions and tutorials.

For your convenience, markers have been inserted to define musical sections.

These Rhythm Tracks have been optimized for use with Roland GS, Yamaha XG and General MIDI modules.

Position your cursor on Track 1 ("Play-thru") to play along with the pre-recorded music. Change the patches in the Track pane to play different instruments.

Copyright (C) 1995 by James Kometani. All rights reserved.
Track 1
NamePlay-thru track
Track 2
NameBright piano
Track 3
NameAcoustic bass
Track 4
NameHorn section
Track 5
NameKick drum
Track 6
Track 7
NameRim shot
Track 8
NameTom fills
Track 9
NameBell ride cymbal
Track 10
Track 11