When to work on your “Rhythm”?

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

We 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 (feel and groove).   Tempo, however, is a whole other subject – there’s a lot to be said for precision and even playing tunes at markedly different tempos to internalize the piece better.
Timing is the bedrock of all music:  “When a note is struck at the wrong time, it’s the wrong note”.
Getting playing in the right rhythm as soon as possible is why we have always sought out structured and inspiring rhythmic backing.  This ultimately lead to  “Song Rhythm Tracks.

Rhythm and Tim

Song, “Wake Up Little Susie” – http://hearthis.at/1822575/

https://hearthis.at/alive-drumming/1x1x4b4b4a4a4b4a4a4b4a4a6b1x4b4b4a4a4b4a4a6anashville2beatsw8dry080variation10of10allmix/ Song Rhythm Tracks that fits "Wake Up Little Susie", using a Nashville Country 2-Beat swinging 8th rhythm at 80 bpm. As supplied on the “Country Music Sampler”, Apple iOS App. https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1360761389 https://alivedrumming.com/old-country-music-sampler-ios-app-released-by-alive-drumming/ #arrange ANY song, easily with #SongRhythmTracks at alivedrumming.com  

Song, “Just Friends” Cha Cha – http://hearthis.at/1784952/

https://hearthis.at/alive-drumming/5x32a1a2chachadry135variation4of8allmix/ Fits many 32-bar A1A2 songs, even some unexpected ones for the Cha Cha rhythm such as "Just Friends".  5 Choruses of 32-bar A1A2 (no intro or ending). As supplied on the "Jazz and Blues Sampler", Apple iOS App.  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1344104865 Try #jamming with #SongRhythmTracks at alivedrumming.com

More Audio Samples now available on HearThis.At

Alive Drumming hosts some sample Song Rhythm Tracks and a user-contributed mixes group at HearThisAt, the audio hosting service providing great user and social facilities.  Please contribute your own mixes to the Song Rhythm Tracks User Group at HearThisAt. Hear this set of sample Jazz and Blues Song Rhythm Tracks at HearThisAt [hearthis]https://hearthis.at/matt-hargreaves/set/jazz-and-blues/[/hearthis] <span style="font-famil

“Afro-Cuban Salsa” Sampler iOS App released by Alive Drumming

Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler is the new Song Rhythm Tracks sampler App from Alive Drumming providing the same great rhythm tracks arranger with 20+ included sample arrangement tracks of Afro-Cuban Salsa staples.   Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler has the same facilities as the standard Song Rhythm Tracks App but comes pre-installed with 20+ Afro-Cuban Salsa arrangements and an allocation of 4 downloads for your own arrangements (with more are available via In-App Purchasing).  What an opportunity to sample some arrangements of these great Afro-Cuban rhythms before using the App for

Song, “Yo no Quiero Piedra en me Camino” – http://hearthis.at/1839553/

https://hearthis.at/alive-drumming/8i3x16a1a210esalsaguaracha32dry180variation5of8allmix/Yo no Quiero Piedra en me Camino” – 3 choruses of a 16-bar Tune (as 8|8 bars) with an 8-bar intro’ and a 10-bar ending, using a Guaracha 32 rhythm at 180 bpm #arrange ANY song, easily with #SongRhythmTracks at alivedrumming.com As supplied on the "Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler", Apple iOS App.  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1367015786

What do drummers think of rhythm tracks?

One thing's for sure,

the drumming always, always needs to follow the form of the song
Drummers know this;   Amateurish use of rhythm tracks often don't.  https://alivedrumming.com/song-form-rhythm-tracks No getting around it, if you accompany someone on the drums you need to always be outlining the song's form and if you arrange your own rhythm tracks, you need to do the same. That's why Alive Drumming's Song Rhythm Tracks always uses the song's form as the basis of the arrangement. It creates a great arrangement simply by structuring everything around the song's form. https://alive-dru

New Song Rhythm Tracks Version 2.0 Arranger and Setlists Tutorial Released

Alive Drumming releases tutorial video for the arranger and setlists features of using the iOS App Version 2.0.  The video uses an iPhone 6, but, other than the layout, it’s the same for all iOS devices. It’s good to have the features described and see the walkthrough on the App at the same time.   There’s another tutorial video coming up as well for the arrangement and setlists features.   Alive Drumming

Song, “Chucho” – http://hearthis.at/1839579/

https://hearthis.at/alive-drumming/2i3x24a1a24emambofulldry190variation4of8allmix/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 alivedrumming.com As supplied on the "Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler", Apple iOS App.  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1367015786    

Song, “Leaving On A Jet Plane” – http://hearthis.at/1822512/

https://hearthis.at/alive-drumming/4i3x32a1a28enashpopballaddry065variation1of12allmix/ Song Rhythm Tracks that fits "Leaving On A Jet Plane", using a Nashville Pop ballad groove at 65 bpm, with a 4-bar intro', 3 choruses of a 32-bar A1A2 form (16|16), and an 8-bar ending. As supplied on the "Old Country Music Sampler", Apple iOS App.,  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1360761389 #GettingIntoTheGroove #practicing with #SongRhythmTracks at alivedrumming.com