Country Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series by Mark Harrison

By Mark Harrison

Ever desired to play kingdom piano, yet were not certain the place to begin? kingdom Piano will train you the fundamental abilities you wish! From comping to soloing, you will study the speculation, instruments and methods utilized by the professionals to get that actual kingdom sound. on the finish of the booklet, you will get seven entire tunes to jam on. hearken to the CD, and begin enjoying alongside! Covers: scales and chords; walkup and walkdown styles; comping in conventional and smooth kingdom; bluegrass arpeggio types; Nashville "fretted piano" innovations; and extra.

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McLane cites calypso’s lyrical improvisation, boasting, sexual innuendoes and mocking social commentary as connections to rap. Russell A. Potter, author of the article “Calypso: Roots of the Roots,” reaches a bit farther back for rap music’s roots in Trinidad’s calinda songs, one of the precursors of calypso. In the late nineteenth century, groups of stick-fighters traveled the streets of Port-of-Spain. When two rival groups met, they engaged in a musical challenge with calinda songs, whose percussion was beaten out by the same sticks used as weapons.

The 2001 Banco Popular–sponsored musical production entitled Raíces, dedicated to bomba and plena, has been widely criticized because of its inclusion of local rap and reggae artists like Welmo and Cultura Profética. Simultaneously broadcast through Island TV channels 2, 4, 6, 7 and 11 and in the United States through Univisión, and sold in video, DVD and CD versions, Raíces was truly a media extravaganza. A considerable amount of public commentary questioned the inclusion of allegedly “foreign” genres—rap and reggae—in a music special that was supposed to be dedicated to the “roots”—bomba and plena—of Puerto Rican music.

By 1960, the Puerto Rican population had increased dramatically, to 613,000, and its residential distribution had shifted. Numbers in Manhattan decreased, as they increased in the Bronx and Brooklyn. During the 1960s, many migrated out of the Lower East Side and East Harlem into the South Bronx and northern Brooklyn. New areas of settlement during this decade included the East and North Bronx, and Coney Island, Flatbush and East New York in Brooklyn. Since the 1960s, most New York Puerto Ricans have lived in Brooklyn and the Bronx, with the Bronx having the highest concentration.

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