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About the author:
Kevin Moore - author of the "Beyond Salsa" series, currently 21 volumes - is the editor of the world's largest Cuban music website,, and the author of the popular "Tomás Cruz Conga Method", a 3-volume series published by Mel Bay Publications, available on, and used as textbooks at various colleges and educational institutions. Kevin also produced, co-wrote, and played on the salsa CD "Salsa Gitana", available at The CD reached the semi-final level in the 1998 Grammy Award process. The author has also written several "online books" on various aspects of Cuban music, available for free as a public service on

Beyond Salsa for Beginners

The Cuban Timba Revolution: An Introduction to Latin Music for Dancers and Listeners

Authored by Kevin Moore

After writing over 20 instructional books on Cuban piano, congas, drums, timbales, clave and bass, this is Kevin Moore's first book for non-musicians - listeners, dancers and fans of Latin music. Beyond Salsa alternates between "Listening Tours" (music history, analysis of songs, and record-collecting advice) and Rhythm Exercises chapters with singing, clapping and dancing exercises (including audio files) designed to enhance listening skills.

The four Listening Tours are: I. Pre-Revolution Cuban Popular Music (1900-1959); II. Salsa and Post-Revolution Cuban Popular Music (1959-1989); Timba (1989-2012); and a special section covering Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music, Comparsa, Changüí and Rumba.

The rhythm exercises include the basic rhythms of each instrument, clave, various types of basic dance steps, a section on learning to feel the Latin groove properly, and a special chapter on the problems that new listeners of Afro-Cuban folkloric music sometimes have with hearing the beat and meter correctly. A link is provided for a free audio download with 107 audio files corresponding to the exercises. There's also a second download for sale with additional audio files.

Also included are an extensive glossary and a beginners guide to the Spanish language and Cuban slang in music for English-speakers.

Publication Date:
1480160938 / 9781480160934
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Genres & Styles / Latin

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