Song, “How High The Moon” – Jazz Standard tune, “How High The Moon“,  an older style Jazz rhythm at 100 b.p.m. 4 Choruses of a 32-bar A1A2 form (16|16) #GettingIntoTheGroove #practicing with #SongRhythmTracks at Check out the “Jazz and Blues Sampler“, Apple iOS App at


What song forms does Alive Drumming support?

We support all the popular, essential song forms by name - 12 bar blues, 16 bar tunes, 32-bar A1A2 and 32-bar AABA, and about 30 other less common also by name.    The list is increasing!  We also support identifying these same song forms using stick notation.  This simply specifies section lengths in bars, for example, '8|8/8|8', where 'bridge' sections are preceded by a '/' instead of '|'. Additionally, we support user-defined song forms using stick notation, repeats, and concatenation of up to four (4) parts</

More Audio Samples Released

Check out the Audio Samples page for more of the thousands of rhythms available.
Audio samples are provided in many different formats -
  • HTML5 audio preview
  • Download options
  • tracks
  • Backing tracks
  • Mixed by our supporters
For the best experience selecting all possible combinations of rhythms and Song Form, as well as a great player and setlist manager, download our Apple iOS App on the App Store.  

Who are Song Rhythm Tracks for?

All Musicians!   New Musicians;    Experienced Musicians;     Great Musicians; Really, any musician including Pianists, Guitarists, Horn Players, Singers and even Drummers. The tracks can be used for practice, jamming, gigging and cutting a release. They cover a wide selection of musical genres with 1000's of rhythms available. They are best for musicians who play songs or 'numbers'  and wish to have an inspiring rhythmic accompaniment that fits the song they are playing, both rhythmically and the musical form. They are particularly useful for music teachers and students a

Song, “Perdido” – "Perdido" - An 8-bar intro', followed by 5 choruses of 32-bar AABA form with a 4-bar ending using a shuffling jazz groove at 145 bpm, Song Rhythm Track. As supplied on the "Jazz and Blues Sampler", Apple iOS App. Improve your #musicianship #practising with #SongRhythmTracks at

Song, “Blue Monk” – Monk" - Contributed artists track of Blue Monk based on a Song Rhythm Tracks. Check out the “Jazz and Blues Sampler”, Apple iOS App. #GettingIntoTheGroove #practicing with #SongRhythmTracks at

How can I learn about song form?

Song form is the concept that every song has been composed around a musical form or structure.   Popular song often chooses simple forms as a basis but forms can be more complex as well. A good reference on song form (structure) is the Wikipedia article, Alive Drumming aims to provide you with the easiest and most reliable methods to select or describe song form. Song Form may be selected using either (i) traditional names such as ’16

Alive Drumming’s Smart Web Services with Elixir, Phoenix and GCP

Ever wondered what technology lies behind Alive Drumming's smart web services? Here's the gist -

Alive Drumming's smart web services have been engineered in the Elixir programming language.  The web service supplies Alive Drumming's fully arranged rhythm tracks constructed from multiple takes of long-form audio of very talented drummers. Simply put, this service
  1. Parses a web request,
  2. Determines the arrangement structure of the requested track,
  3. Creates the audio-engineering scripts to splice slices of the long-form audio into the re

Why do these Song Rhythm Tracks sound so great?

Hands on drums
Hands-on drums
They do, don't they! And for a number of reasons:
  1. Great Recordings of Great Drummers - Song Rhythm Tracks are arranged from careful studio recordings of excellent drummers.  They are not constructed from midi files fitting together "samples" from single drum hits to form a mechanical style but rather multiple longer-form full recordings by top studio drummers, lasting from up to 8 bars at a time where you hear subtle drum rolls, variations in ride cymbal taps, complex fills and more.  The rhythmi

Song, “Chucho” –” – 3 choruses of 24-bar A1A2 form (as 12|12) with a 2-bar intro’ and a 4-bar ending, using a Mambo Latin Jazz rhythm at 190 bpm #GettingIntoTheGroove #practising with #SongRhythmTracks at As supplied on the "Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler", Apple iOS App.