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Bass Lines With Jaime Vazquez: Bass Lines – El Cumbanchero Part I

Meet Jaime Vazquez –

Greetings! This month, I will show you how to play my version of “El Cumbanchero.” This is a very popular song from Rafael Hernandez, regarded as the best composer of popular music that Puerto Rico has ever produced. I’m playing this theme live as a solo artist! Here we have my own arrangements for the Intro and the phrases for the Section A. The Intro is based on Cm. I’m just laying down the groove using the chord tones and the C Aeolian mode.

During the Section A, I’m playing the melodies in the low register and adding bass fills at the end of every phrase to give a sense groove. For the bass fills I’m using the C blues scale and the C Aeolian mode. Practice the song slowly and then increase the speed! Next month on Part II, I will show you the Section B, the Solo and the rest of my arrangements! Enjoy and keep grooving!



  1. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime Vazquez

    October 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Enjoy this Rafael Hernandez song! 😉

  2. Elizabeth Alexandra

    October 1, 2010 at 7:52 am

  3. Joselyn Colon

    October 1, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Hey! I’m very proud of you! You always impress me!

  4. Elizabeth Alexandra

    October 1, 2010 at 7:58 am

  5. Andrew

    October 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Good song choice. I played El Cumbanchero with a few different projects. Great tune and nice column.

  6. Elizabeth Alexandra

    October 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Your bass column is on the cover of the magazine! Amazing! I’m proud of you!

  7. Jason Ungleich

    October 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Hey Jaime! Keep up the great work my firend!

  8. Chris Rose

    October 1, 2010 at 11:29 am


    As always, it is a pleasure to hear your music and enjoy your work. Your professionalism in music as well as in your daily life is incomparable. It is an honor to call you my friend and for you to be using Eminence products!

    Best wishes!

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    October 1, 2010 at 11:42 am

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  11. shanom stone

    October 3, 2010 at 7:48 am

    two things: I had no idea this song was from a pr composer. So far it turns out that most of what I thought was cuban music is not… who knew? I find your arrangement interesting and your column very useful. Two questions: 1- Is this a mambo? 2- My strings still too stiff. I own a Ibanez bass and a fellow bass player suggested I should change my strings, but I know nothing about the types or how to go about buying the right ones for a softer touch. Is there anything else that could be wrong?

  12. Tina Escobedo

    October 4, 2010 at 3:24 am


    It’s so great to have you as part of the Analysis Plus family. Your willingness to keep pushing forward is truly amazing! Great job!!

    Your friends,
    Analysis Plus

  13. Cobi Stein

    October 4, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Well done Jamie! As always, you continue to impress. Keep up the great work, and thanks for your support of Eminence Speakers.

  14. Marcelo Yakko

    October 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    bien por vos Jaime..te dejo un saludo bajistico.

  15. Juan Suarez

    October 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    tremendo brother. Nos veremos pronto en el mundo de los marshmallows. un abrazo.

  16. Hernán Rodríguez

    October 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Le estás metiendo bro!!!!! Deberías tener una parte para Latinoamérica, (español) en este site!!! Adelante!

  17. melvin

    October 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hey Bro. Much success, you’re the best. Forward ever, I hope to see you at Namm

  18. Luis Marti

    October 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Jaime nice job, keep playing puerto rican music as only you can! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

  19. Richie Flores

    October 12, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Saludos Jaime, suerte y exitos, un abrazo ciao…..

  20. José Alejandro

    October 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Hey bro!! Tremendo!! Gracias por la transcripción!! Ya me pondré a sacarla.. Espero puedas seguir compartiendo otros temas como este!! Un abrazo desde Venezuela!

  21. Akikie Kokeka

    October 12, 2010 at 5:39 am


  22. Emmanuel Lugo

    October 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Mano super nitido de verda t felicito!

  23. Kimary Carrero

    October 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    You are the best!! Great musician!

  24. Elizabeth Alexandra

    October 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

  25. Alex Javier Rivera Colon

    October 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Jaime el “mounstruo” del bajo. Saludos y exito, buen trabajo papa.

  26. Jose Vega

    November 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    The bass lines are really challenging Mr. Cumbanchero!
    Great Work! You’re a five star bass player!

  27. Daniel

    February 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Saludos Maestro! aqui tienes a un nuevo FAN!

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