play a Beguine
The Beguine Rhythm
What is a beguine?
Basically a beguine
is a popular ballroom dance. But, as with other dances, it's roots
have a rhythmic foundation. Most know the word, "Beguine"
through Cole Porter's popular big band song, "Begin
the Beguine". As drummers, we should know how to approach
a beguine rhythm in case we're called to play one.
Like a Rumba
Cole Porter was said
to have written "Begin the Beguine" after a layover
on the island of Martinique (near St. Lucia) during a world cruise
in the 1930's. He was influenced by the beguine rhythm and it's
dance. It was similar to a rumba but yet subtlely different enough
that it could retain its originality. Here's a version of another
beguine song, "Beguine
for Band". Notice the emphasis on quarter note beats,
"1, 3 and 4" by the tuba. And the sand blocks are playing
what would normally be played on snare (or HH) and toms when playing
on the drumset. Here's another
version with drumset.
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