Tango Music

Learn about Argentine Tango music to dance better!​​​

A beginner's guide to listening to tango music / TANGO STORIES

Start here if you're new to tango!

Simple tangos that are easy to dance to.

Listen to the 60 essential milongas!

Listen to the 60 essential vals!

Expand your repertoire with this list!

If you're going deeper into tango

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In Argentine Tango, we dance to the music
that were recorded in the Golden Age (1935-55).

There were many orchestras that had distinct style. 

This list includes important orchestras that are classic

of the genre, and we keep dancing to them to this day.

(the image on the right shows the hierachy of orchestras)

Listen to the songs over and over until

you can humm the melody when you hear the intro!

Once you get used to the genre, all tangos will sound familiar.

Can you tell the differences between orchestras?

  1. general mood

  2. instrumentation

  3. how the accentuate the beat?

  4. how do they play the ending note?

Can you... 

1) find the beat?

2) find the arc of the phrase?

3) feel when the music is ending?

4) describe how each song makes you feel?
     (use adjectives, season, scenary, colors, etc)

​5) identify which instrument carries the melody?

6) describe what other instruments do?