Historic Rumba from the Thin Man movie

#5
It seems that they take their "Slows" on the 1-beat. The bass line is Half-Quarter-Quarter (sort of like most contemporary ballroom rumbas) and thus it's easy to count Slow-Quick-Quick. Which is the "first" for dancing doesn't matter, the matching of the Slows with the music does. I've had some teachers start an American rumba on 1 others on 3; they both hit a Slow next measure on 1. The British start with rocks on 2 and 3 and the Slow on 4 like a slow mambo. Lots of salsa and timba have a bass line of dotted quarter-dottedquarter-quarter which is harder to follow (like Blue Bayou).
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#6
music does. I've had some teachers start an American rumba on 1 others on 3;
That was a show dance of Traditional " Son ".. on "1" and now, often danced on "2" ( thats what I use for teaching ) .

There are several basic variations in the piece ( Open box is standard ).

And its NOT Rumba ( which in Cuban terms, is a catch all name, and not to be confused with authentic Rumba ) .

It was a very good demo.
 

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