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The Online Journal of Bass Research (OJBR) is a refereed electronic journal, published by the International Society of Bassists. The OJBR is published solely in an electronic format, accessible free of charge.

Volume 11 of the OJBR presents The Downbeat Bites the Dust: Learning and Teaching Bass Grooves in Cuban Popular Music by Sarah Lahasky.

This award-winning article discusses the Cuban dance music genres of the danzón, the son, and timba, and then goes on to examine the existing methods and current challenges of performing and teaching the bass lines of Cuban popular music, and the importance of being immersed in the aforementioned dance music genres. In addition to historical research approaches and documents, the article also relies on ethnographic methods that draw upon primary sources, the practitioners and teachers of Cuban popular music. This article should be of interest to anyone who wants a starting point in learning about and learning how to perform Cuban popular music.

This article was the winner of the 2018 ISB Research Competition, in the Student division. Sarah Lahasky presented her paper at the 2019 ISB Convention at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

Sarah Lahasky is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a MM in ethnomusicology. She received a BM in double bass performance and a minor in Spanish from Shenandoah University-Conservatory. Her research interests include heritage creation and cultural policy-making, especially concerning UNESCO's 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Additionally, she is interested in the ways in which neoliberal economic reform have affected the spaces, supporters, and artists of music with folkloric roots in Argentina. Sarah recently served as a faculty member for the Austin Bass Workshop and Kansas City Bass Workshop, where she taught introductory classes on Argentine music and coached both workshops' first "Music of Latin America" bass ensembles. In the summer of 2019, she was on the faculty of Shenandoah University's Bass Coalition Summer Workshop.

Call for Papers: The OJBR is soliciting original manuscripts from scholars and practitioners. Please view the Submission Guidelines for more information.