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Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Bass

Learn Afro-Cuban rhythms for bass.

Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Bass

Learn Afro-Cuban rhythms for bass.


Irio goes over how to play Afro-Cuban rhythms on the bass.


  • Learn different afro-cuban styles such as merengue, son & tumbao, mambo, bolero, and cha cha.
  • Learn how to play together with the clave and percussion section.
  • Learn how to incorporate Afro-Cuban styles in other genres.
  • Learn how to perfect your bass tone and muting technique.

Lesson Plan

  • 1
    Introduction/Cha Cha Chá
    In this step, Irio gives a quick rundown on the story of Afro-Cuban music, the clave patterns and how to achieve a good bass tone for the style.
  • 2
    Cha Cha Chá & Bolero
    In this step Irio expands even more on the Cha Cha basslines and introduces another slower type of Afro Cuban music: The Bolero
  • 3
    In this step Irio introduces the Mambo, as well as its variations.
  • 4
    Son & Tumbao
    In this step Irio introduces the Son and the importance of playing the Tumbao anticipating chords, as well as Tumbao with extended chords.
  • 5
    Rhythmic Combinations
    In this step Irio shows how to combine Cha Cha over Mambo and vice-versa and as well how to incorporate these styles on non Afro Cuban styles of music. Also Irio introduces the Merengue and its variations such as the Pambiche.