Basics (La Negra V1L1-4)

Lesson 2: Basics

In this lesson, you will learn the first four lines of the first verse of “La Negra Tiene Tumbao.”  The materials below break down the rhythm and syllables of this lyric.

The Rhythm

The rhythm is the same for all four lines of this lyric.  Below is a recording of me chanting the Universal Rhythmic Binary (URB) for the entire chorus.

  • Listen through the entire file once to familiarize yourself with the rhythm.
  • Play the audio file again and chant along with me.
  • Once you can chant along with me with no error, try to chant the URB out loud by yourself.
  • Replay the recording again to confirm that you have correctly chanted it from memory.

The Syllables

In the recordings below, I slowly articulate each syllable of the chorus.

SI…KYE…&E…ZYE…GA&*…DE…&E…CHO

ME…HO&…KA…MI…NA…DE…F&EN…TE

PA…&A…KE…NWAI…YAN…T&O…PYE…SOS

I…VEɲ …GAS…I…TE…LA…MEN…TES

Once you are comfortable hearing all the component sounds, you may move on to the construction section.

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