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page one of JOHN’S MONTUNO

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First adjust the tempo. This is Latin Big Band. Montunos are played at 175 or more, like sambas and merenges. The idea is a simple structure of 2,4,8 or 16 bars for solos, the harmonic content is limited so the soloist must be very clever. The piano is "Cuban Style" and written out. Will open for solos. Drums, bass & piano must be played as is to get the effect. Note the whistle used in the drum part on every 2nd beat. Good for programs or dances. Notice whistle on the 2nd beat in the drum part. This is authentic, a guiro scrape could be substituted but this would call for another player. The rhythm section must play as written for the best effect.

Score ID
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Big band
Latin music

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