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Danzón-Paseo-Cha-Cha-Chá (C) – 5101 – E

12 November, 2017 2127 41 No Comments


Horacio shows you how to play the “Abanico” in the Snare to open the way to the ChaChaChá, which is the third pattern that is usually introduced in the topics of Danzón. He also shows you how to apply the three patterns (Danzón, Paseo, Cha Chá) one after another, so you can listen to the result of their union.



Generally the “Danzones” consist of several parts (Baqueteo, Paseo, Baqueteo, Abanico and Cha-Cha-Chá). This combination usually is repeated twice in a topic, among the repetition of the two sequences, the music stays in the part that it is usually called “Danzón Baqueteo” (sometimes it is simply called Danzón). The drummer will stay in this part during some time until the next change. One of the parts or patterns that was born of the Danzón is the rhythm called Cha-Cha-Chá. It is a very sexy and danceable rhythm, it is maybe one of the most popular grooves of the AfroCuban music. Passing from the Danzón into the Cha-Cha-Chá, we will find a call inside the percussion that we all have to know: “Abanico”. This marks the transition between the Danzón and the Cha-Cha-Chá. This rudiment (Abanico) almost always begins in 3 and it goes to the the first bar, the downbeat of the Cha-Cha. It will sound this way 1, 2, 3… So let’s play the Abanico, coming from the Danzón, and then we’re going to get into the Cha-Cha. We’re going to do the Danzón once, then the Paseo, back to the Danzón, and then to the Cha-Cha. Here we go, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3…


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