the start of the dance cycle: Extras
(from modern day Nigeria), the tumbao moderno is played on tall
hand drums called congas or tumbadoras. The drums themselves
hail from the Bantu people of modern day Congo. The modern rhythm is
played by a single drummer, and was formed by the amalgamation of two
Role of the open tones
Here's a familiar
One Two Three Four , One Two
Every time the count swings back to "one", the more experienced dancers cope with the beginning of the cycle, whilst the newer students struggle to hit the beat.
Why does this
The experienced dancers have learned to anticipate the count of One. They compensate for the time lag by issuing instructions to move before the count of one.
So how does
this relate to the tumbao moderno?
Figure 1.1. Open tones of the tumbao moderno
The period of step inactivity in salsa is not only important for calibrating your timing, it also constitutes a crucial part of the dancer-as-percussionistrhythm dynamic. Think of it as a call-and-response pattern: for every call of the conga in the form of two open tones, you respond with three steps.
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