Latino Piano Patterns For Left Hand And Melody PLUS Accompaniment Patterns
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THE BEGUINE - BASIC STYLE
1. The Basic Beguine Rhythm: There are hundreds of variations on the Beguine rhythm. Below is a rhythm analysis chart that shows you the basic structure of the Beguine rhythm.
The accent falls on the right hand chord which is on the off beat.
2. You can read about the history of the Beguine rhythm at this wikipedia URL. Also, if you go to YouTube and type in the keyword: "Beguine" you will be able to watch a lot of bands playing this rhythm. Plus, there are a number of guitar and piano tutorials that will give you more insight into this Latino rhythm.
3. Listen to the midi file of the Beguine. You can bring this midi file into any music software program and it will load up the music for you within the program.
4. Print up the PDF file of the Basic Beguine Comp Piano rhythm. This music is written up for you in the Easy To Read Music Format.
5. Listen to the Beguine piano rhythm with a drum background: MP3 File
6. Listen to the Beguine piano rhythm comp pattern with drum background and a flute playing the melody: MP3 file.
7. WORK SONG: Here is a song I wrote for this lesson. It is called Del Mar. There is a city north of San Diego, California called Del Mar and it has a wonderful beach. Print up the basic PDF sheet music to Del Mar. Now listen to the professional MP3 orchestral arrangement I created for Del Mar. Now play the play along track of Del Mar: MP3. On the play along track you just click on the link and then play the Beguine piano accompaniment pattern that you learned and just follow the chords on the sheet music. For those that like midi files here is a midi file of the basic melody and chords of Del Mar.
Using the Beguine Pattern to support a melody requires adjustments in the right and left hands, but the rhythm is still the same. These Latino rhythms are highly syncopated and requires a step by step approach to learn them for use in piano solos. Follow these step by step lessons below, and you will begin to see how to use the Beguine Rhythm to support your melodies.
1. In lesson ONE you simply play the melody in the right hand and the chord in the left hand to get a feel for the structure of the song and how the rhythm of the melody flows. Print up the PDF file of the melody and chords. Listen to the midi file of this chord and melody approach.
2. In lesson TWO you will work with the RIGHT HAND only. Play the melody with your right hand pinky and right hand ring finger. However, your RIGHT HAND thumb, index finger, and middle finger will be playing the chords of the Beguine Pattern. These chord rhythms are played in the right hand just below the melody line. However, you are not restricted to playing the chord pattern below the melody line you can actually play it above the melody line. You will see this done in measure 8. Download the PDF sheet music. Listen to the midi audio file.
4. In lesson FOUR, instead of playing a single root note in the left hand bass, we will play an octave root in the left hand bass. This gives more power and dimension to the song. Print up the PDF file of the music notation. Listen to the audio midi file.
5. In lesson FIVE, we continue to add to the left hand bass by adding the 5th on the 3rd beat of the measure. By adding this 5th we really bring out the complexity of this song and the rhythm now becomes very commanding and people will stop to listen to you now and hold you in high esteem as an entertaining piano player. Print up the PDF file of the sheet music. Listen to the audio midi file of the song in its last stages of development. Listen to this MP3 audio file of lesson 5 with the drums added at the end of the song.
6. Lesson SIX is actually a lot easier than lesson 4 or 5. In this lesson the entire Beguine Rhythm is shifted to the LEFT hand only. The right hand plays only the melody. This is easier to do, but the problem is that you have no left hand BASS movement. You only have left hand chords. This method is simplistic because all you have is melody and rhythmic chords. In lesson 5 you have right hand melody, right hand rhythmic chord, and left hand bass which is much more dynamic and sounds better, but it is more difficult to do. Anyhow, if you are having trouble with lesson 5, work on this lesson 6 and then after a while go back and tackle lesson 5 again. PDF file of lesson 6. Audio midi file of lesson 6.
7. In this lesson you need to realize that you can make any song sound like any type of musical style. You can make it sound like a March, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Country, and so on. I took a very simple folk song, "Skip To My Lou" and I applied the Beguine Pattern to the melody line. You can listen to this audio MP3 arrangement of this song.
Back To Piano Accompaniment
1. In this lesson you can view part of the musical score I wrote. The name of this song is "Los Recuerdos" which means "Memories" in Spanish. This is a 9 page PDF file, but it will help you to understand piano accompaniment. The top line is the solo trumpet part, and the next staff is the piano accompaniment part. The lower staves are the percussion parts. Print up this music and analyze the Beguine Piano Accompaniment Part.
2. You can listen to the full professional orchestration of this trumpet solo called "Los Recuerdos". Click on the MP3 file link to listen.
3. In this PDF file you can print up the basic sheet music to this song. It will give you the melodic lines and the chords.
4. In this PDF file you can print up the melodic line PLUS the piano accompaniment part.
5. In this audio midi file you can hear just the trumpet and the piano playing this song.
6. If you play the trumpet, then you have to play one full step above the piano part. Since the piano accompaniment part is in the key of C, then the trumpet player would have to play this song in the key of D. PDF file of trumpet part.
3/4 Time Beguine Accompaniment Pattern
2. WORK SONG: Cielito Lindo. Print up the PDF file of the arrangement of Cielito Lindo. The lead instrument is a trumpet. This is essentially a trumpet solo. Listen to the audio midi file of this arrangement of Cielito Lindo.
3. In this lesson you can try and play Cielito Lindo as a piano solo using the Beguine Rhythm only in the left hand. This is a tricky little song to play. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the audio midi file.
ADDING COLOR TONES TO THE BEGUINE RHYTHM PATTERN
1. Print up this exercise that helps you to learn how to add a color tone to the Beguine Piano Pattern: PDF File.
2. Listen to this exercise. Audio midi file.
TANGO LATIN RHYTHM PATTERN
1. There are many variations to the tango rhythm pattern. But, let's start with the basic rhythm for the left hand. Remember you can put this rhythm in the left hand only, or the right hand only, or you can divide the parts of the rhythm between the left and right simultaneously and thereby create an accompaniment piano pattern.
2. Print up La Paloma PDF file. Listen to the midi file. In this song I abbreviated the Tango pattern for the left hand only, leaving the right hand to play the melody as simple single notes. Now if you were going to perform this song, you would want to add grace notes, slip notes, fill ins, use various alternate forms of the tango, throw in bass runs, color tones, and arpeggio runs...and so on. But, this song is designed to help you focus on just the basic Tango rhythm in the left hand. By the way, when you play this piano solo, you will need to put your foot on the sustain pedal in order for the root bass note in the left hand to ring out, because the little finger of your left hand plays the root bass note first, but then you have to release your little finger for it to come over and play an octave higher root note. To keep these notes ringing you are going to have to use the sustain pedal.
3. Here is the tango pattern shared between both left and right hands. You can use this piano pattern to accompany a singer or an instrumentalist. PDF file of sheet music. Audio midi file of the tango exercise.