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Visual Salsa: A new way of feeling the Rhythm

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Do you like Salsa music?

Would you want to understand it better, truly express it in your dancing,
feeling the rhythm just like a native born dancer, without having to think about it all the time?

We hope you do, and are working on making it possible for you. We want you to be a part of a new, online Salsa Rhythm course we are creating, experimenting with new ways of rapidly mastering Salsa music. You will help us to custom tailor the course in the way which will work best for you.

Starting small, with a simple widget that will take you through a Salsa song and show you the basic footsteps (whether you are On-1 dancer, On-2 dancer, or interested in both), synchronized with the music and following it. The idea behind this method is to present the sense of repetitive musical patterns in a way other than simply counting numbers. Maybe it will work better for you, who knows? Let’s try!

Go ahead, Try it

The song you will begin with is called “Viva La Esperanza” from “Salsa Kids”. To start, simply hit the blue “play” button on the widget below:

Did you like this widget? Did you find it fun?

We love to hear your feedback. We will be creating additional widgets and similar content in the coming days, and publish them here, in our blog. Please, do leave your feedback – whether positive, negative, or any questions you may have – we want to learn from you what works best, improve and build the most effective Salsa Rhythm course for you.

You can either leave a comment below, use our Facebook page or send us a mail to support@salsarhythmsoftware.com if you wish. We read and answer every mail!

Special thanks to Gadi Evron and John “salseroblanko” for their ideas of creating this widget and publishing it in this blog.

If you would like to help too, contact us and we will give you the complete instructions how you can embed this HTML widget in your own website :) Happy dancing!

Salsa Rhythm for Android goes beta !

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Salsa Rhythm for Android is finally here! Announced today, the first beta version will be distributed to 50 selected users for evaluating and collecting feedback.

This journey has began back in January 2010, when the first line of the source code was written. Back then, the iPhone platform was more popular than Android by far, so we have put our efforts in completing the iPhone version first. Today, nearly 2 years after the first seed, this source code has grown into a fully functional Salsa Rhythm application.

The new application will be tested in the following month, and then will be released to the Android Market, after making some changes and adjustments, based on the community feedback.

Interested? Find additional screen shots and information on our community google group, where you can follow development of the beta version, discuss it and help us make it better:

3 New Piano Patterns, 1 New Bass Pattern

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

We have just added 3 new Piano patterns, contributed by Tyrone Collis from Germany. While at it, we also added a new Bass pattern that matches the existing I-IV-V-IV piano pattern, suggested by the trumpet player Pete Nater from New York. Finally, we added some new percussion patterns contributed by Jürgen Messerer from Switzerland. Jürgen is currently working on creating additional bongo patterns for us, so expect another update soon.

Here is the list of the new Salsa music patterns:

Piano

  • Montuno I-V-V-I + Passing Tones
  • Montuno i-V-V-i (minor)
  • Montuno V-V-I-I

Bass

The new bass pattern is called “Tumbao I-IV-V-IV”. It matches the first two piano patterns, “Montuno I-IV-V-IV” and “Montuno I-IV-V-IV + arpg. + passtone”, as well as the minor variation “Montuno i-iv-V-iv” and the ‘light’ variation “Montuno I-IV-V-IV Triads”.

Percussion

  • Bongos – Martillo Var1
  • Bongos – Martillo Var2
  • Bongos – Martillo para clave
  • Cowbell – Every Beat
  • Güiro – Güiro Danzón
  • Maracas – Maracas Son
  • Maracas – Maracas Son Montuno
  • Maracas – Maracas Son Montuno 2

iPhone version updated

Yesterday we also released a new version of Salsa Rhythm for iPhone. The Salsa Rhythm application version 1.7 now includes all the new patterns mentioned above, along with a new Rhythm & Timing videos page providing direct access to our online Salsa Rhythm & Timing video collection.

Salsa Rhythm app on the iTunes AppStore

Downloadable version

All registered members can download an updated version with all the new patterns. To download the new version, please follow this link: http://www.salsabeatmachine.org/download.html.

If you want to become a registered member, you may consider donating to support the project.

Eddie Palmieri, a famous Latin Pianist

Merengue Machine finally gets a Guira

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It’s been more than a year since the initial release of the Merengue Beat Machine, and we have finally added the last ingredient missing in the Caribbean sauce – The Güira.

The Güira is a metallic percussion instrument from the Dominican Republic. It resembles a cheese grater, and sounds similar to the maraca. You can find a Güira in almost any Merengue arrangement, along with an additional percussion instrument called “The Tambora“.

The Güira

Up to now we have used the Maraca in place of the Güira as we did not have any satisfactory audio samples of the Güira. Last week, one of our users, nick-named “El Conguero”, sent us some quality recordings of his personal Güira, so now we are finally able to include this fascinating instrument in the Merengue Machine arrangement.

We have included 5 different patterns for the Güira instrument, going from simple downbeat-only patterns to more syncopated and engaging patterns. But why write so much when you can simply click and try it yourself?

http://www.salsabeatmachine.org/merengue-rhythm.html

 

Salsa Rhythm 1.4 for iPhone is arriving

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We have just uploaded a new version of the Salsa Rhythm iPhone application to the iTunes appstore. The new version is currently waiting for Apple’s approval, and it should be available to download within a week or so.

Features in the new version:

  1. Control the Clave orientation directly from the main screen (see the screen shot below). You no longer need to open the settings screen for changing the clave orientation.
  2. “Overlay audio” mode – Lets the Salsa Rhythm play over music from other applications, so you can put it on the top of a song from your iTunes music library, for example. This new setting is configurable from within the settings window.
  3. iAds – There are now iAds integrated in the embedded in-app browser. We have not included any iAds in the main screen nor the instruments configuration screens, in order to keep these screens clean and keep the users’ focus on the main app functionality.
  4. The memory management code was rewritten, fixing a few memory leaks that existed in previous versions.

You can see the new clave orientation switch marked in red in the screen shot below:

Salsa Rhythm App v1.3 is finally available!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Free upgrade to all existing users of the Salsa Rhythm app for iPhone/iPod Touch.

What’s new?

  • 3 new piano patterns, 1 bass pattern from “El Preso”
  • Now the application can play even when the screen is locked. This can save a lot of battery life!
  • Control the auto-lock feature from the settings screen

Thanks for William Ch. Liu for suggesting the new play-while-screen-locked feature!

Salsa Rhythm 1.2 now Available !

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Apple has just approved the new version of the Salsa Rhythm App for iOS and you can now get it on appstore.

This new version includes a feature requested by many users since the initial release of the Salsa Rhythm App: the ability to switch between Clave 2-3 and Clave 3-2 modes. This new feature is accessible from the Settings tab under the info window, as you can see in the following screen shot:

An additional feature you can see in the above screen shot is the new “Reset to Factory Settings” button that restores the default setup that was shipped with the Salsa Rhythm app.

Upgrading to the new version is free for all the existing users of the previous app version, and can be easily done from the appstore on your device.

Finally, Salsa Rhythm v1.3 is already coming along the way, and it is going to include new piano/bass patterns. More on this in the following days…

Salsa Rhythm v1.2 on its way to AppStore

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

New version of the iPhone Application has just been uploaded to the iTunes AppStore: Salsa Rhythm v1.2.

So what’s new in this release?

  1. Ability to switch between Clave 2-3 and Clave 3-2 , both in Rumba and Son Clave modes.
  2. “Reset to Factory Settings” button to get the machine back to the default configuration.
  3. Compatible with the new iOS 4.1
  4. Updates to the help and links screens, including new “Troubleshooting” section.

It usually takes around 2 weeks for apple to approve a new version, so meanwhile let’s just keep on dancing while we are waiting for apple’s approval…

Salsa Rhythm iPhone App version 1.1 released

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

A new version of the Salsa Rhythm Application for iPhone has just been released.

Some of the new features in this version:

  • iPhone 4 Retina Graphics support
  • New BPM counting system, easier for dancers
  • Improved Clave instrument sound
  • New “Cuban Guaguancó” pattern for Congas and Bass
  • New graphics for Congas, Bass and Piano
  • New splash screen
  • Popup screen with quick help on first start

You can get the upgrade for free using the App Store application on your iPhone/iPod Touch.

If you haven’t purchased the application yet, you can find detailed instructions here:

http://www.salsarhythmsoftware.com/iPhone/get.html

You are also invited to check out a new salsa music timing video we uploaded earlier this week. High definition with annotations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN_u2BVc9u0

iPhone 4 Retina Crisp Graphics

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

We have been working for about a month on a new version of the Salsa Rhythm iPhone Application. Our focus was to create a better user experience by improving the graphics and sound sample quality.

One of the main features that will be visible for all the iPhone 4 users is the new Retina resolution graphics we have included. The instrument icons will suddenly look much sharper and crispier on your mobile device screen, along with new glyphs for the Piano, the bass and the conga drums.

To see how big the difference is, I have prepared an illustration, containing real graphics from the application. In this illustration, you can see the low resolution graphics and the Retina resolution graphics side-by-side, so you can get a good feeling of what it looks like:

Salsa Rhythm App 1.1 Graphics

The pixelated image on the left is what you see in the old app version. However, after you upgrade to the new version you will see the high resolution image on the right (you must have iPhone 4).

There are even additional improvements waiting for you in version 1.1 of the Salsa Rhythm App for iPhone, and it has just been dispatched to the Appstore approval process, meaning it will be available within a few days.

You can sign-up to our mailing list and get updates about the new version, also a chance to win a free copy.
Join here:  http://www.salsarhythmsoftware.com/iPhone/