How to practice, then how to jam?

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, but as an adult when learning music for the first time, had the benefit of a private teacher but never really addressed this important issue.

Learning Melodies in Private Practice

If you are learning a new, perhaps challenging, melody for the first time, in private practice, then sure, do count out the meter and use a metronome /

Why do these Song Rhythm Tracks sound so totally great?

These Song Rhythm Tracks do sound totally great, don’t they?

This is one of the most frequent things I hear.  The great sound quality often comes as surprise, perhaps because of the widespread familiarity everybody has with 'Midi Drum Machines', which don't satisfy in the same way as Song Rhythm TracksMidi Drum Machines and Song Rhythm Tracks are two very different products; we summarize their differences in the comparison section below.

The Song Rhythm Tracks Way

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How can I get these Song Rhythm Tracks? Are they available on Amazon or iTunes?

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The tracks are available via Apple iOS mobile App and will later be available via an Android mobile app. The huge permutations of song forms and rhythms available means the traditional audio file distribution channels of iTunes and Amazon do not fit this new medium of Song Rhythm Tracks. In particular, Amazon and iTunes do not accommodate the additional assistance that is required for musician's to select the appropriate track. <a href="

Alive Drumming Releases 3.0 – The Giant Panda release of Song Rhythm Tracks

The Giant Panda, "User-Requests" Release - 3.0

The community asked; Alive Drumming listened.

  • SetList Sharing - Share your setlists in a similar way to sharing tracks
  • Search for SetLists - Download an entire album of tracks shared by others. Very handy for your rehearsals.
  • All samplers now can be downloaded as setlists.  Simply perform a setlist search for any of these names, "Afro-Cuban Salsa", "Jazz and Blues", and "Classic Country Music".  You will then receive all the track definitions (in the "deferred" state) where you can then choose, at any time, to download any of the tracks.
  • Reworked Search - More stable + Allows for more functi

How to practice, then how to jam?

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, but as an adult when learning music for the first time, had the benefit of a private teacher but never really addressed this important issue.

Learning Melodies in Private Practice

If you are learning a new, perhaps challenging, melody for the first time, in private practice, then sure, do count out the meter and use a metronome /

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

“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 but comes pre-installed with 20+ Jazz and Blues arrangements and an allocation of 4 downloads for your own arrangements (more are available via In-App Purchasing).  What an opportunity to sample some arrangements of these well known standards before using the App for your own arrangements!   It's the same Song Rhythm Tracks App with the latest graphics and facilities.

Price Reduced for a limited t