The first Tirso book is starting to take shape. It’ll have 3 or 4 tumbaos (each with multiple “controlled improvisation” variations) from each of Charanguero mayor, Confianza (both songs written by Tirso when he first joined CH for Michel Maza to sing), and El bla bla bla. El bla bla bla will also have a complete chart – all the way through – for piano and bass. There will be a lead sheet and also a note-for-note chart and two sets of fast and slow audio files: one with the bass in one channel and the piano in the other, and one with the piano left hand in the left channel and the right in the right. In Tirso’s style, like Melón’s, the left hand plays an entirely different rhythm – like the “manoteo” of a conga marcha, so it’s important to be able to solo just the left hand.
REQUEST: If anyone in Europe, South America or the East Coast has high-res photos of Tirso, PLEASE contact me. Tirso hasn’t been to California since November 2000 so I’m really light on photos. I especially need a great cover shot of him playing piano.
Meanwhile, on the bass front, the free audio, eBook and audio download for Beyond Salsa Bass Vol. 1 is finally published at LatinPulseMusic.com.