Experiential Learning by Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier

Here’s what Jacob has to say about learning how to gain great rhythmic abilities, "For me, experiential learning is way, way more important than intellectual learning". -- Taken from YouTube below. “Poly-rhythms is about being exact but life is not about being exact”. “In life, you learn most -   when you take a step forward,… Continue reading Experiential Learning by Jacob Collier

Preview of Song Rhythm Tracks iOS app / iPhone-X (vimeo)

Song, “You Are Too Beautiful” –

"You Are Too Beautiful" - A pretty standard medium swing 120 bpm rhythm arranged around the 32-bar AABA form with middle choruses playing at higher intensity.  A 4-bar intro, 3 choruses and a standard 2-bar ending

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

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How can I use the Song Rhythm Tracks? What’s my licence?

Alive Drumming grants license to remix its tracks.  That is, you can take the Song Rhythm Tracks audio, mix with your own content, and sell that mix as your own work without paying a fee to Alive Drumming.

Alive Drumming prohibits resale or redistribution of its un-mixed, original Song Rhythm Tracks.  You cannot sell or give away these tracks unless you mix them into a new creative piece of work.

Alive Drumming appreciates artistic attribution but does not require attribution in your remixed works.  You do not need to attribute Alive Dr

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


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

Song, “Wake Up Little Susie” –

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.

#arrange ANY song, easily with #SongRhythmTracks at


Is there any limit to the rhythms of Alive Drumming ?

Alive Drumming aims to cover all regions, countries, languages, and cultures.  Embracing a wide diversity of rhythms is what Alive Drumming is all about.

If we haven’t adopted yours yet, we aim to in the future.  If you want yours to be supported now, why not contact us at

Check out our current list of rhythmic styles at -

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, “Song For Maura” –

“Song For Maura” – 5 choruses of 32-bar A1A2 form (as 16|16 bars) with an 8-bar intro’ and a 4-bar ending, using a Mambo rhythm at 150 bpm

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

#GettingIntoTheGroove #practicing with #SongRhythmTracks


Song, “Blanket On The Ground” –

Song Rhythm Tracks that fits "Blanket On The Ground", using a Country even 8th rhythm at 100 bpm, with a 2-bar intro', 2 choruses of a 64-bar AABA form (16|16/16|16) and an 8-bar ending.

Nobody does #songform quite like #SongRhythmTracks

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


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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