A COURSE WITH
The tango 9 de Julio is an up-tempo instrumental piece in G minor with a typical modulation to the parallel major key. Rhythmic elements present a special challenge in this piece, and they will be the focus of this course.
- background information
- typical argentine playing techniques
- step-by-step instruction
- videos with animated notation
- a booklet with notation and tabs
- BONUS: playalong recorded by Agustin Luna and technique section with additional 10 videos
This course is part of the ARGENTINE HARMONICA COMPLETE COURSE.
TANGO, LEVEL 3
THE PLAYING TECHNIQUES
Octaves and delayed octaves, octaves with tongue slap
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
This video course is for all those who have already made their first experiences on the chromatic harmonica with songs or jazz standards and want to expand their playing with typical Argentinean playing techniques. Knowledge of sheet music is an advantage.
WHICH HARMONICA WILL YOU NEED?
For this course, you need a chromatic harmonica (key of C) with a minimum of 12 holes.
In this course special attention is given to the rhythm. Santiago Alvarez’ arrangement of 9 de Julio is based on a version by Juan D’arienzo. In Buenos Aires during the 1930s his orchestra regularly filled the popular music venue Milongas. You’ll learn the melody and the necessary techniques to rhythmically accent it.
In additional videos Santiago Alvarez gives you valuable tips on various playing techniques that Argentine harmonica players use to make their playing interesting and varied or to underline certain statements of a song.
You’ll also get a booklet with all of the notation and harmonica tabs, so that you can practice at your own pace, anywhere and anytime. With an account, you can watch the videos as often as you like.
As a free bonus you’ll receive a guitar playalong exclusively recorded by Agustin Luna from the TRIO ARGENTO (Santiago Alvarez, Mariana Mariñelarena, Agustin Luna).
A comprehensive technique section with 10 videos is also part of the course.
Santiago Alvarez’s playing is characterized by its lightness and his respect for the roots of traditional Argentinian music. He was born in Buenos Aires, and discovered his country's folk music at an early age. Today, he belongs to a new generation of young harmonica players who not only have a solid place in contemporary Argentinian music, but they are also helping the harmonica return to its own traditional sound.
Santiago Alvarez studied chromatic harmonica with Franco Luciani, and since 2010 he rekindled Argentinian folk music with Tanino Duo and Trio Argento. His first solo album "Domingo" was released in 2019. The album unites the urban tango with charmamé from the Argentinian coastal region. Santiago Alvarez teaches harmonica and folk music at the School of Popular Music (EMPA), and since 2014, he has been teaching the history of the tango and Argentinian folk music.