Blues Rhumba Jam in C

I recently posted a lesson on the Blues Rhumba. As I mentioned, you won’t hear a rhumba as often as you hear a shuffle feel, but that’s one reason it’s so memorable. And it’s important to be able to play it with feeling and authority.

For this lesson, I set up the camera and my “drum box,” then just had some fun. In the beginning, I stayed fairly simple, but then began to offer more complex variations. The final verse incorporates a very melodic line – one that should only be used in the big “build up” section of a song. Please don’t EVER play those last lines during the vocals!

So… without further ado, here’s the video, and the notation below that.

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1. There are four pages to the sheet music, which includes standard notation and TAB. Click on the link below the image of page 1 to view and download the full PDF version.

2. In the very final measure, you’ll hear an awful note. That’s because I mis-fretted. I  know it’s there, so you don’t have to tell me. (smile)

Blues Rhumba Jam

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Take this one very slowly. Learn it a few measures at a time if need be. But make absolutely certain you can play each section perfectly at a slower tempo before increasing speed. To my mind, each verse is a bit more complex, and therefore a bit more difficult than the one before it. Take your time perfecting each one; this isn’t a race, OK?

Until next time, have fun, and…

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2 Responses to Blues Rhumba Jam in C

  • gary brill:

    Hi Lane,
    I have a question/ request about this video. At about the 1:02 mark you do a cool root/ octave chromatic walk from the 1 to the 4 and I would like to see your right hand technique on this run. I have tried a couple different variations, and am curious about your technique.
    Thanks for your time

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