Rumba Blues Download
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This is a study of the commonly heard blues rumba.  One big advantage of knowing a song like this is that it is highly recognizable to any band that is familiar with blues.  This allows you to start the song off and signal the band in at the IV chord if your rhythm and playing are strong.  It is tonally very “major” sounding and could be thought of as blues light.  The blues scale notes b3, b5 and b7 are almost too intense for this type of piece.  The major pentatonic scale is a much more appropriate tonality to use consisting of the 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6th degrees of the scale.  Also remember that a rumba groove is not a shuffle or swing.  It is a straight eight note groove.
Tracks .mp3, Instruction sheets .pdf
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