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)

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, “Perdido” –

"Perdido"  - An 8-bar intro', followed by 5 choruses of 32-bar AABA form with a 4-bar ending using a shuffling jazz groove at 145 bpm, Song Rhythm Track.

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

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Song, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” –

Song Rhythm Tracks that fits "All I Have To Do Is Dream", using a Nashville Country Pop Ballad at 85 bpm.

As supplied on the “Country Music Sampler”, Apple iOS App.

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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

iOS App, Song Rhythm Tracks, now available on the Apple App Store.


Alive Drumming has released it's Apple iOS app, Song Rhythm Tracks.  It is now available in the Apple App Store at

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iOS App, Song Rhythm Tracks
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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 -


Song, “Samba For Carmen” –

Samba For Carmen” – 2 choruses of the form "16|16|8" with an 8-bar intro’ and a 6-bar ending, using a Samba rhythm with both drums and percussion at 190 bpm

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

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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

“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, “Mujer ardiente” –

Mujer ardiente” – 5 choruses of 32-bar A1A2 form (as 16|16 bars) with a 16-bar intro’ and no ending, using a very sparse Gypsy Latin rhythm at 110 bpm

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

#arrange ANY song, easily with #SongRhythmTracks at