By Paul Gustav Lyons
One week in 1998 I wrote a series of essays about music that I had learned primarily from reading books and composing and arranging for Salsa bands. I had been working as a musician, music teacher, music copyist, composer and arranger for around ten year’s solid and needed material for my website. I wrote the essays in one three day period and I distinctly remember finishing them and then taking my then four-year-old son off to the park and sort of decompressing. I felt like I had just put down on paper what took literally ten years to learn.
Reading over these essays fifteen years later, I then became inspired to use them as another vehicle for another new medium, the eBook. While I do not guarantee that Arranging for Salsa Bands – The Doctor Big Ears Essays, is a thorough work on the subject, I do think that it illuminates many often overlooked aspects of Afro-Cuban music theory. It can be of a lot of help for someone starting off writing for Salsa bands and small horn bands in in general.
You can now read the entire Arranging for Salsa Bands – The Doctor Big Ears Essays
. originally written in 1998 as an eBook.
Arranging for Salsa Bands – The Doctor Big Ears Essays
- Dr Big Ears Philosophy of Learning
The Art of Cuing a Salsa Band – The Spontaneous Arranger
- Emblematic Symbols
- Other Thoughts on “Cuology”
Clave and its Relationship to Functional Harmony
- Further concepts on the Relationship Between Harmony and Clave
- When Hearsay About Clave Goes Astray
Melody and the Unison Line
- Uses of Unison in Salsa Arrangements
- Octave Doubling
Polymeters in Salsa Arranging
- Clave and Polymeters
- Thoughts on Clave
- Polymeters and Improvisation
Open Position Horn Voicings for Cadences and Breaks