Learning Cuban Music at Havana Music School

Apr 30, 2020


Learning Cuban music is an art.

When the bongó and electric bass go hand in hand, the claves set the tempo and the piano stops the time with their chords, you understand that it is not only Latin music: it is Latin, European, North American, African and many more. Because the taste of Cuba is the flavor of the world.

But how to learn Cuban music? Although in almost every country there are schools that teach it, the best way without a doubt is to come to Cuba. That flavor must be felt, and then learned. And at Havana Music School you will receive first hand everything you need to know. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a multitude of concerts and meet in person outstanding artists of the most popular genres.

Learning Cuban music

We recommend starting with traditional rhythms such as danzon, son and chachacha, as they contain all the musical elements of any other Cuban genre.

In Havana Music School, you will have the opportunity to learn Cuban music through its most representative instruments: claves, maracas, bongó, timbales … Almost all are percussion or serve to set the beat, and are excellent accompanists of melodic instruments such as guitar and violin.

Break the ice with the most popular genres

Other genres such as salsa and jazz are more complex and therefore have a greater learning curve. If you already know some music, it will be easy to get into them. Salsa, for example, combines instruments from classic jazz bands to more traditional ones. You could learn Cuban music by playing the set of congas, pailas, güiro, contrabass, saxophone, electric bass or trumpet, among others.

If you know flute or violin, you can take your first steps in the sauce. In a short time, you will be interpreting with your friends the classics of Van Van, Issac Delgado, Adalberto Álvarez and Pacho Alonso.

On the other hand, with a guitar you can interpret the most outstanding songs of Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and Vicente Feliú, spokesmen of the New Trova Cubana. Then, there is the bolero, which is ideal for singers who want to fully express his deepest emotions. The songs of César Portillo de la Luz and José Antonio Méndez will be at your fingertips, along with other classics from the filing.

And if you like jazz improvisation, you have at your disposal the electric bass or saxophone, which cannot miss the accompaniment of electric guitar, drums, piano and violin. As you see, as soon as you learn Cuban music from a rhythm or genre, you can easily approach all the others.

Whether you know some Cuban music or you never had, Havana Music School offers you the right courses for your level and your needs. Do not miss the opportunity to make your stay in Cuba one of the most exciting experiences of your life.


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