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

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 thousands 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 in the musical form.

They are particularly useful for music teachers and students</str

How to practice, then how to jam?

Learning Melodies in Private Practice

Here are my views on how to go about practicing and jamming.

This is such an important part of the journey of becoming a musician. I wrote this down for the benefit of a musician just setting out on his journey, wanting to know what the key things were that would determine their success.  I know I certainly did not go about it the right way for many years.  I had not had any musical education as a child

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

Which app should I get, Song Rhythm Tracks or one of the Sampler apps?

Short answer - Any will do just fine!.

Same Functionality

They all have exactly the same functionalitySong Rhythm Tracks app tends to be the first when a new release comes out but the Sampler apps follow shortly afterwards.

Everything described on the website, in the videos, tutorials and user guides applies equally to the Song Rhythm Tracks app and the Sampler apps.

Choose your factory tracks

Each of the apps comes with a different set of inbuilt factory tracks.

Song Rhythm Tracks has 5 tracks.  This helps new users immediately get the idea of the app.  They can easily be deleted by swiping each left one at a time and there are only about 5 of them.

Sampler apps have more inbuilt factory track

How do Songs, Rhythms and Rhyme Support Early Development?

A study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that musical training can enhance young children's reading skills and executive functioning. The study participants were 6-year-olds who had never received any formal music lessons. After eight months of regular music classes, the children showed significant improvements in their reading ability and executive function compared to a control group of children who did not receive musical training.

"Songs, rhythms and rhyme can profoundly affect early development. They can provide a fun and stimulating way to interact with your child and support their cognitive, linguistic and emotional development," says mum, linguist, and writer Olivia Jones of Author Flair.


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

Afro-Cuban Salsa Sampler is the Song Rhythm Tracks sampler App from Alive Drumming providing the same great rhythm tracks arranger with over 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 over 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 your

“Jazz and Blues” Sampler iOS App released by Alive Drumming

Check out Alive Drumming's first 'Sampler' edition of the 'Song Rhythm Tracks (SRT)' iOS App, the "Jazz and Blues Sampler".

Jazz and Blues Sampler has the same facilities as the standard App. Still, it comes pre-installed with 20+ Jazz and Blues arrangements and an allocation of 4 downloads for your arrangements (more are available via In-App Purchasing). What an opportunity to sample arrangements of these well-known standards before using the App for your arrangements!   It's the same Song Rhythm Tracks App with the

Would Alive Drumming include this extra rhythm?

If we don't already include a particular rhythm, we would like to work with a drummer to include it.  This involves making high-quality audio recordings of the drumming at multiple tempos including multiple shots and fills used in turnarounds.   The audio recording will be analyzed to identify where the various aspects occur and the preference level of each occurrence.   This is the basis for Alive Drumming to incorporate additional rhythms into their Song Rhythm Tracks.    If you are a drummer and have a rhythm you'd like to be represented please email <a href="mailto:feedback@alive-drumm

Version 4.0 of Song Rhythm Tracks

Song Rhythm Tracks and its companion 'sampler' apps have been out at release four (4) since late last year, and the final sampler, "Classic Country Music", has just been released. The changes have been received well. Here's a summary.

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