Here’s what folk are saying about Song Rhythm Tracks – Ele’ –

What makes sense to me and other musicians is the sort of language that would be used between us as we play together. That’s why I call this App a ‘musicians’ arranger.
- Ele'

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</

Song, “Maria Cristina” – Cristina” – 3 choruses of the form "18|18/8/8" with a 2-bar intro’ and no ending, using a Son Medium rhythm at 140 bpm As supplied on the “Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler”, Apple iOS App. Nobody does #songform quite like #SongRhythmTracks at

The Primacy of Rhythm in practicing popular music


When learning a new piece of music, when should a musician work on getting right the rhythm and feel of the piece?



I have long believed it has to be the very first thing to get right and there's little point playing notes at all unless they are in the desired rhythm and feel.   Tempo, however, is a whole other subject - there's a lot to be said for precision and ev

Song, “Y’All Come” –

Song Rhythm Tracks that fits "Y'All Come", using a An easy Bluegrass rhythm at 140 bpm, with 2 choruses of a 48-bar AAB form (16|16/16).

As supplied on the "Old Country Music Sampler", Apple iOS App.,

#arrange ANY song, easily with #SongRhythmTracks at


Song, “On Green Dolphin Street” –

This Song Rhythm Track will fit "On Green Dolphin Street", a 32-bar form of
8-bars of latin | 8-bars of swing | 8-bars of latin | 8-bars of swing.

This arrangement is a 12-bar intro', followed by 3 choruses of 32-bar "Green Dolphin Street" form (8/8|8/8), followed by an 8-bar ending using a "Bossa-then-Swing" rhythm at 145 bpm.

As supplied on the “Jazz and Blues Sampler”, Apple iOS App.

Yep, #SongRhythmTracks has the easiest rhythm track #arranger ever!


Song, “All Blues” – 6/8 time –

Jazz Standard tune, "All Blues", having a 6/8 rhythm and a "12|12" form.

Check out the "Jazz and Blues Sampler", Apple iOS App

Better #musicianship #practising with #SongRhythmTracks -


Version 4 of Song Rhythm Tracks released

Song Rhythm Tracks has been available at release 4 since late last year and now the final sampler app, “Classic Country Music” has just been released. The changes have been received well. Here’s a summary.

SetList Folding

Here is the app on an iPhone showing three setlists, with two having been folded away. The three setlists contain tracks of 'sampler' apps.


Who’s afraid of new ideas? – not John Cage view

“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones”
- John Cage

There is a rumor is that some are frightened of the Alive Drumming's new idea, Song Rhythm Tracks.  Not John Cage though, he's more frightened of the old ways of arranging rhythm tracks.

Yep, #SongRhythmTracks has the easiest rhythm track #arranger ever!

Song, “El que Siembra su maiz” –

El que Siembra su maiz” – A single chorus of the form "20|20/8|13/8|13/8|13"  with no intro’ or ending sections, using a Son Montuno 32 rhythm at 170 bpm

As supplied on the “Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler”, Apple iOS App.

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