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MIDI Styles Set 57: Latin 3

Latin 3, the third of our Latin styles sets, features 20 more great Latin styles. Included are grooves that emulate sophisticated Brazilian, Cuban, Caribbean, Mexican and South American influences. You'll find styles like Latin Jazz, Salsa, Bossa, Samba, Tango, Tex-Mex, and many more, with names like Ces౩a, Chove, Joyce, FiloM, Paquito, Martinho, and PasoDble.

  • Bossa Lite - Med-slow ev.8 Bossa [BOSALITE.STY]

    This is a smooth sounding, medium-slow Bossa. This versatile style may be used on any Bossa, Standard or Pop tune. The 'a' section is fairly quiet and un-busy - featuring brushes and percussion, acoustic bass, acoustic piano, nylon guitar and soft quasi-cello. At 'b', the drums change to standard set with ride, bass to frt. bass, and slow mid-range strings.


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  • Campinas - TexMex ev.8th 3/4 [CAMPINAS.STY]

    A 3/4 TexMex waltz style, featuring 2 acoustic guitars (strumming), with 8th note syncopation. The accordion plays frequent but quiet background fills. The drums feature brushes and percussion at 'a' and standard drums at 'b'.


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  • Cesaria1 - ev.8 Brazilian Samba [CESARIA1.STY]

    In this even 8 Brazilian Samba like style, the percussion features the Brazilian Surdo sound on the 'one' of each bar. The Surdo drum is a low bass drum - often made from a garbage can - and it is very predominant in Brazilian music. Also - the 'a' section has only the hint of bass (using the Timpani and low acoustic guitar). This is also a typical Samba sound. At 'b' the fretless bass is added.


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  • Cha Cha Modern 1 - Contemporary [CHA_MOD1.STY]

    This Cha Cha style has a modern flair with more emphasis on a contemporary Brazilian approach. The older "1, 2, cha-cha-cha" rhythm is there, but it's not as blatantly stated. The syn-bass is used to achieve a good attack as well as a round sound. The drum kit uses mainly percussion instruments. Note the instrument changes at the 'b' section.


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  • ChaFor2 - Latin Cha Cha [CHAFOR2.STY]

    This Cha Cha style features lots of syncopation within a bar - although not too many pushes between bars. This is in keeping with the nature of the more traditional beat and rhythm of the Cha Cha, which tends to play each bar on the downbeat. The piano left and right hand play off one another rhythmically. There are instrumental variations in the 'b' section. Although there are stylistic variations, the basic traditional Cha Cha rhythm has been preserved.


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  • Guajira1 - Cuban Latin Guajira [GUAJIRA1.STY]

    This Cuban Latin style, the Guajira, is derived from the Son style (which is usually played at a faster tempo). The guitar features mainly 8th note sustained arpeggios, the piano comps with some fills, the bass plays a 2-bar rhythm throughout and the drums feature mainly percussion (shaker, congas, wood block, cowbell) at 'a'. At 'b', add brass fills on every 4th bar, drums backbeat and more intensity. The chord progressions are usually quite simple in a Guajira.


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  • Guitar Bossa - fast contemp. Bos [GUITBOSA.STY]

    This is a fast and energetic, contemporary, Brazilian Bossa style. In each 2-bar phrase, the electric snare plays a repeated rhythmic phrase - emphasizing the 'and' of beat one in the 2nd bar. The guitar generally plays off-beat 8ths (plucked). The percussion also features the (Brazilian) Surdo drum.


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  • Janeiro - Ev.16 Med Latin Samba [JANEIRO.STY]

    A smooth 16th-based Samba at a medium tempo with Latin percussion, synth-bass (syncopation), jazz guitar (mid-range fills), el. piano (comping) and pad. Note the instrument changes at 'b'.


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  • Joice1 - Soft jazz contemp. Boss [JOICE1.STY]

    The constant quarter-note wood block & cowbell give the music a feeling of forward motion, although the feel is fairly tranquil. The percussion also features shaker and congas. The use of syn-bass 1 & 2 gives a deep sound with sustain and good attack.


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  • JonLuce1 - Up-tempo Bossa-Samba [JONLUCE1.STY]

    Contemporary up-tempo Latin Brazilian Bossa-Samba - even 8. This is a sophisticated Jazz-influenced Bossa-Samba style featuring 2 nylon guitars playing the Bossa off-beat rhythms with light percussion and very simple bass. The low Surdo drum is played on the 3rd beat of each bar (very Brazilian). At 'b', the drums and percussion intensity is increased, the electric piano enters (with chordal embellishments)


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  • LaPlaya - Fast ev. 16th - Latin [LAPLAYA.STY]

    This is an out-going, happy-sounding even 16th Latin style. The bass plays short notes throughout - short quarters at 'a', and quarter, 8th, 8th at 'b'. The piano comping features a combination of 16th arpeggios and chords with syncopation. T=140


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  • Latina1 - Med-slow Bossa [LATINA1.STY]

    Bass has lots of 8th note pushes, percussion has wood block on quarters, guitar plays off-beat plucked chords, French horn plays a mid-range pad note. At 'a': acoustic piano, acoustic bass, drums, percussion, nylon guitar, French horn At 'b': bright acoustic piano, syn-bass 2, drums, percussion, nylon guitar 25/3, 60s strings 49/0


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  • Olinda - Smooth Jazz Samba [OLINDA.STY]

    This is a jazz style with a fast but smooth Samba approach. Chordal embellishment is turned on for the piano and the comping style is more jazz than Latin with lots of pushes. The drums feature mainly Latin percussion instruments like congas, bongos, cowbell, woodblock and shaker.


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  • Paso Doble - Folk-Latin 6/4 [PASODBLE.STY]

    This Latin Paso Doble style features a 2 bar rhythm as follows: Bar 1 - 2 groups of three 8th notes (2 dotted quarters). Bar 2 - 3 groups of two 8th notes (3 quarters). Band-in-a-Box handles 6/4 meter as 2 bars of 3/4. This type of style typically uses simple chord progressions like 1, 4, 5, 1 etc.


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  • SambaSal - Med ev.16 Latin Samba [SAMBASAL.STY]

    This 16th-based Latin Samba has a smooth rhythmic feel throughout, due to the unobtrusive but effective bass and percussion patterns. The piano and guitar play lots of pushes and syncopation within a bar but not too many pushes from bar to bar. Low string pad at 'a'. Poly-syn 91 at 'b' as well as other instrument changes.


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  • SanMarta - Smooth, Slow ev.8 Lat [SANMARTA.STY]

    In this slow even-8th Latin style, the emphasis is on smoothness. For example, the piano and guitar comping is sustained and spacey. The guitar strums & the drums feature percussion instruments at subtle volumes. Quasi-cello (strings) at 'a'. Slow strings (3-part higher) at 'b'.


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  • SergioM - ev.8 Pop-Rock Bossa [SERGIOM.STY]

    This is a Pop-Rock Bossa with a happy, uplifting feel. It features bright acoustic piano comping, electric bass, brushes (at 'a'), acoustic guitar strumming and soft Oohs background. A soft backbeat rather than the traditional Bossa rhythm is featured.


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  • SlowLatn - Slow Brazilian Bossa [SLOWLATN.STY]

    This is a smooth Latin style that features bass 8th pushes. The percussion plays the Surdo bass drum on the 'and' of '4' each time. The first beat of each bar is pushed by an 8th. The electric piano plays sustained comping and fills and the guitar plays arpeggios.


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  • Songo3 - Cuban Latin Songo6 [SONGO3.STY]

    This Cuban Latin Songo style features lots of percussion instruments like congas, agogo, shaker, cowbell, timbale etc. The bass, piano and guitar play a rhythm that features lots of syncopated pushes throughout. The 'b' section is noticeably more intense, due in part to the change of instruments.


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  • TangoNew - Ev.8 Latin Tango [TANGONEW.STY]

    In this Tango (an Argentinean dance rhythm) style, the instruments have a deliberate 'choppy' rhythm sound which is in keeping with the nature of the Tango. The style tends to have an emphasis on the 'and' of the 4th beat of each bar. The drums play a short snare-drum roll on the 'and' of 4. The acoustic guitar often emphasizes the 8th note pickup to each bar.


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