This “Étude,” or study, is an
excerpt from the composition “Agadiramadan”
from my album Intuite (which is also
published in The Intuite Guitar Book).
This lesson will help you acquire rhythmic
independence of each finger of the
picking hand. In salsa music, every actor in
the band has a precise rhythmic role. I have
condensed those roles to one part, to make
it work as a guitar arpeggio, in which you
will find a melodic arpeggio (Am-Em-D-GAm)—
a cyclic melody from within the arpeggio,
(in which only the G note changes to F#,
back to G)—and a bass line that falls on the
fourth sixteenth-note of beat one, third sixteenth-
note of beat two, fourth sixteenth of
beat three, and third sixteenth of beat four.
This is only one way of approaching
this. The idea is to acquire the freedom to
be able to change the bass line, play some
chords, and improvise while always remaining
faithful to the way the bass accents fall.
It’s challenging, but highly entertaining. At
the end of the day, you should feel so comfortable
and smooth that you will never
want to stop it. Enjoy!