Getting yourself to the point of being able to fluently play in almost any style at any tempo requires much more than just a whole lot of wood-shedding. It requires some serious brain activity, or an internalization of what you’re trying to do. Whether you’re singing the part or just listening and absorbing what’s going on, it’s vital for any musician to get the brain and the muscles working as a team, not as foes.
The beginning of a series of articles and more on the stylistic elements of what makes up calypso music. A lot of people can tell you the difference between a Mambo and a Bossa Nova, but most people cannot tell you the difference between calypso and reggae music. This series will explore many topics from the basic building blocks of the genre to discussing phrasing and interpretation.