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Salsa Inspiration For Beginners

Mikkel Pedersen (3833) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Welcome to the secrets of salsa feeling and chord coloring.

When you have finished this lesson you should be able to play music like in this tune.

Table of contents:
Page 1: Knowing the basic chords and the scale
Page 2: Learning the first coloring
Page 3: Applying the color to other chords
Page 4: Learning the rhythm
Page 5: Putting it together
Page 6: Learning to apply more colors
Page 7: Expanding your repetoire

Knowing the basic chords and the scale

For this lesson you must know the natural minor scale in the aeolian mode. (You probably do even if you don't know the words. It's not difficult).

The scale looks like this:

E Aeolian

You will not have to play it, you will just have to remember the pattern.

In the first part of this lesson you will only have to know the chords Em, Am7 and D.
Em (E minor)
Am7 (A minor 7)
D (D major)
These chords fits perfectly together. You can play them in any order and it will not sound "wrong".

Try playing them a bit letting them ring thoughout to get familiar with the way that they act together. You will notice that all the notes in the chords fits within the E Aeolian scale.

Before going to the next page make sure you can play this pattern fluently (over and over), using only your index finger, middle finger and ringfinger of your frethand:
| Em | Am7 | Em | Am7 | D | Am7 | Em | Em |

I've put in a groove playing that chord sequence. Try to play along using only downstrokes. If it's too fast then slow down the Tempo (from the bottom of the page) to a rate you can handle and then gradually speed it up.
Salsa Inspiration For Beginners