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BASS LINES by Jaime Vazquez: Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida Rendition

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This month we have Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida, the first version of Salsa in history to hold the #1 position for ten consecutive weeks.

The hit is from the eleventh studio album 3.0, released on July 23, 2013.  It is his first original salsa album in over a decade.  Sergio George was the producer of the new album.   Marc Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time.  The Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.


Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida: 

Fig. 1 – Is the salsa bass tumbao of the chorus part. There are rests, figures with tied notes, etc.  Notice that in the song, the bass line varies in the chorus.

Salsa Music 

1.  A popular form of Latin-American dance music, characterized by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Cuban big-band dance melodies, etc. 

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Fig. 2 – Is the simple bass tumbao for the verse and a perfect example of silence is music too.  The bass line is based on the triads.

Marc Anthony - Vivir Mi Vida Rendition-2

Fig. 3 – Is the break for the song before the soneo begins and it is played in plena.  The groove is  very steady and well defined in the downbeats.  Be precise when playing the unison line with the track in the last two bars.

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1.  Vocal improvisation lyrics in latin music, especially in salsa music. 

Plena Music 

1A percussion-driven musical tradition from Puerto Rico that move people to dance. 

2.  Developed from bomba music around the beginning of the 20th century in southern Puerto Rico.


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