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Bass Lines By Jaime Vazquez: Descarga

Hello bass players and fans of bass playing! This month we will discuss the descarga in latin music, also known as descarga cubana. The descarga was originated in Cuba and is a form of music that consist of improvisation over a melody or rhythm. It can be played as a vamp. What is a vamp? A vamp is a repeating musical figure or accompaniment.

Fig. 1 is the main groove from Cachao’s “Descarga Cubana.” Here we have a good example of the use of rests in a bassline. “Rests are musical too.” Also, this bassline is the perfect example of a vamp.

Fig. 2 is the bassline of “Sandunguera,” a hit from Los Van Van. If you are playing this song you can make a descarga with this bassline. Remember, in latin music you have the space for improvisation too. So, the concept of the improvisational jam session from jazz can be apply to latin music too. For example, latin jazz.

Fig. 3 is an example of a descarga that I have created for you. It’s easy as you can see, just establish a groove and then, play it as a vamp. That’s it!



  1. Carlos Santiago

    February 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Latin POWER! Saludos Maestro Jaime! Gracias por aclararme la duda!

  2. Liz Ramos

    February 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Jaime! Good examples! Noiw I understand the Descarga! Thanks!!!!!

  3. Henry

    February 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Gracias Maestro! Thanks for sharing our music with the WORLD!

  4. Raul Amador

    Raul Amador

    February 5, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Que viva la Musica Latina!

    Bien hecho Jaime!

  5. Jaime David Vazquez

    February 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Saludos Raul!

    Thanks for your support! 🙂

  6. Jaime David Vazquez

    February 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Thank you Carlos, Liz and Henry for your comments!

    I appreciate it! 🙂

    It’s a great honor for me to share knowledge with YOU!

  7. Luisito

    February 9, 2012 at 4:52 am

    El bajo latino sigue dejándose sentir por todo el mundo! Gracias Maestro por contribuir a la causa!

  8. Xavy

    February 13, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Que viva CACHAO! Thanks for the LESSON!

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