The grooves found in Latin music are full of intriguing rhythmic options. Here’s how to cop that vibe to make the music dance!



  • Learn how to create infectious Latin riffs.
  • Apply elements of tres guitar technique to the standard 6-string.
  • Understand how to play major and minor montunos.
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A montuno is a two-measure improvised pattern that you can use to add some authentic Afro-Cuban spice to your Latin-style playing. This pattern follows the clave. A clave is the foundation of nearly all Latin music. In our examples we will be using the 2-3 clave, which refers to how many hits are in each measure. (The first measure will have two and the second will have three.) Each example will start off with the clave pattern. This will help you get the sound in your ear.

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