Watch the Buena Vista Cuban Guitar Guidebook online guitar lesson by Jesús Hernández from Buena Vista Cuban Guitar Guidebook
Hi, I'm Jesús Hernández, and welcome to the Buena Vista Cuban Guitar Guidebook. In this course, we're going to explore different Cuban guitar styles, much like the ones made famous by The Buena Vista Social Club. Their music had been around for more than a century before Ry Cooder reintroduced it.
Styles like the the son, son montuno, the guajira, guaracha, and Cuban bolero have typical guitar parts, based on the claves. Clave is a rhythmic cell that comes in two directions: 2-3 and 3-2. We'll focus mainly on the son. Son music consists of many sub-styles like the son montuno. This is a happy sounding style, used for dancing. Other substyles are the son and guaracha. The guaracha has a strong and fixed rhythmic pattern. The guajira is a more subtle Cuban country style. We'll also play a romantic Cuban bolero and a danzón. Danzón is an elegant music and dance style. And finally, we'll play a cha cha chá.
All of these guitar styles have a tumbao, which is a rhythmic pattern based on the claves rhythm. You'll learn how to get a solid grip on the different tumbaos within each style. As always, all the performances and breakdowns come with tabs, notation, and backing tracks. Manos a la obra.