LUCAS DORADO: Caìdo del Cielo
For Vibraphone Solo.
Nuevos Ritmos “New Rhythms” is a serie of 4 solo pieces based on one of the most important aspects in music, rhythm. The rhythms contained in these pieces aren’t necessarily new. They can be heard in many musical styles. They are, however, in my opinion, new in terms of their use in vibraphone music. There’s not a lot of vibraphone music on the market that focusses on rhythm in the manner presented in these pieces.
There are method books and pieces for vibraphone which concentrate on harmony, melody, technique, and dampening & pedaling but there aren’t so many based on different rhythms. That’s why this book should open a door into new rhythms for every interested mallet player, or any other instrumentalist, for that matter.
Generally, each piece has its main rhythm which I’ll explain more closely, in order to give you a general idea what to focus on while playing it. You can also find a video for each piece on my Youtube Channel „Lucas Dorado – Nuevos Ritmos Vol. 1-4“.
There’s a saying:
“If you can dance to the rhythm, it is being well-played.”
“Caído del Cielo” (Fallen from the Sky) contains the Cuban rhythm, “Tumbao”. The left hand plays an ostinato pattern while the right hand plays the melody, as shown in the end of the example below. The characteristic of this rhythm is the accent on the 2nd offbeat. This needs some practice since, again we are mostly used to accenting the 1st beat. Play the rhythm over and over again with a slight accent on the 2nd offbeat till you get the groove and feel of the Tumbao.
It’s important to find a good tempo. If you play it too fast, the time becomes nervous and hectic and if you play it too slowly there is no groove at all. Take your time finding a tempo that suits you. You can, of course use my suggested tempo. And the most important advice once again: “If you can dance to the rhythm, it is being well-played.”