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Try to compliment the alternating 6/8 - 3/4 rhythm
of this Cuban song form.
Suggested Scales: A major, E mixolydian
Tangos in a:bII - I7
Suggested Scales: A phrygian dominant, D harmonic
Rumba in E minor: iv - v - iv - v7 / A dorian: i - ii - i - II7
Same as the A section to "Entre dos Aguas," be careful to adjust your soloing over the B7 chord (from D to D#).
Suggested Scales: A dorian, B phrygian, E minor, E harmonic minor
2nd Rumba in E minor: i - iv - V7
Suggested Scales: E minor, E hungarian or harmonic minor.
Rumba in E Phrygian: bII - I
Phrygian progressions form the basis for many Spanish and Flamenco palos. Think of it as an unresolved harmonic minor progression.
Suggested Scales: E phrygian, E phrygian dominant (the 5th mode of A harmonic minor)
Solea compas: 1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Use this basic rhythm without chords to practice a Solea compas or falseta, you can even try writing your own falseta over this "palo seco."
Alegrias compas: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
At a faster tempo than Solea, Alegrias follows the same 12-beat sequence as Solea.
Bulerias compas:12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Faster still than Alegrias, Bulerias follows the 12 count but often starts on the 12th beat, as shown here.
Alegrias Counted: 1 234 5678 910 1112
This mid-tempo Alegrias includes each beat counted so you know exactly where you are in the compas..
Slow Rumba in E minor:i - iv - i - iv - iimin7b5 - V7 - i
Suggested Scales: E (harmonic/hungarian) minor
Rumba in G# and F# minor:G# minor :i - V7 // F# minor: i - V7 - bVI - iv - iidim7 - V7
The same chords as the the Gipsy Kings' "Moorea," this progression modulates down a whole step from G# minor to F# minor.
Suggested Scales: G# (harmonic) minor, F# (harmonic) minor