How to Play Rumba Rhythm Bass

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A rumba rhythm bass line may involve playing an F, G minor7 to C pattern. Learn about the percussive qualities of rumba music with help from a professional upright and electric bass player in this free video on playing rumba rhythms on the bass guitar.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Colin Trusedell. I'm and Electric and Upbright Bass Instructor in Miami, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to play a rumba rhythm on the electric bass guitar. The rumba is a Cuban dance from Cuba; very popular in the Southern United States and specifically Miami here in this area. But the rumba is a, it's a very percussive dance. Take the example I'm going to play for you, it's like F major 7 to G minor 7 to C7. It's typically just a four bar, very short little excerpt. So the rumba is, you know, think dance. So you have your accompanying dancers. So these were, is what it sounds like fast. So I'm going to break it down a little bit further. So if you have a, you basically have the, the starting pitch; then you have a, and you know, four beat section you have a, the one and then; it's usually quarter note, and then beat four is usually quarter note. So in between you have this kind of scooping motion; so it's, "Boom, zoom, bop, boom; zoom, bop". So slower it would sound like this. So think very dance like somebody's going to; you know; do a, "Tsoh, tsoh, tsoh, tsoh, tsoh, tsoh, to-tsoh"; a very nice little dance. And a, so the rumba rhythm usually accompanied by a large percussive section and so if you think about it one more time; starts on F, F; goes to G minor 7 to C. So one more time. Again. Thank you very much. I'm Colin Trusedell.


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