Posts Tagged ‘practice’

Finding “One” in Salsa Music

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

As a Salsa dancer, you may find some songs easier to dance, while other songs can be trickier in figuring out the rhythm and finding the “1″. Luckily, our partner Don Baarns is here to Help! You will find some very useful tips in the instructional video series Don recorded for you called “Finding 1″.

The first video serves as a quick introduction to the topic of “Finding 1″, using the POV (Point of View) method developed by Don. This method focuses on three main components which define his approach: Phrase, One and Verify.

The second video takes a popular Salsa song from the sound track of the movie “Dirty Dancing – Havana Nights” and shows you how to break it down using the POV method, giving you some exercise to train your brain for finding 1.

Curious to know more about the POV method? Just go ahead and watch these free videos from Don. Then you will be able to practice with our unique Visual Salsa Online widget, with the very same song Don used in his second video. You will be able to watch the basic salsa step synchronized to the music, and then test yourself to get immediate feedback how good you are doing.

Let’s start!

Learn

Part 1 – Intro:

Part2 – Analyzing the Song “Do You Only Wanna Dance”:

Don spends great amounts of time and money providing your these instructional videos for free. If you found them useful, you may wish to go ahead and give your donation: Don Baarn’s Donation Page.

Practice

The following widget will let you practice and test yourself with the song used in the second video, “Do You Only Wanna Dance” by Julio Daivel’s Big Band. Just press the Play button on the youtube video to get the shoes start moving to the rhythm, then try your luck in the “Test Yourself” tab to see how good you are doing.

Don’t worry if you don’t get the timing for this song on the first try – this is not an easy song! Come back to practice until you are happy with your progress.

Final Words

Did you like Don’s videos? Please leave a comment and let us know. Also, we are here to answer any question you may have. If you liked the Visual Salsa Online widget, you may wish to consider purchasing a monthly package, which gives you 30 songs to practice with, one per day. Visit Visual Salsa Online Purchase Page for a discounted price!

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Free Salsa Musicality Intro Lesson

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Thanks to our friends from SalsaLessons.tv you can enjoy a free instructional video about Salsa Musicality. You will learn how to listen to the basic rhythms, take advantage of the melodic patterns for finding the “1″ and how to synchronize your movements to the music. You will also be introduced to the Clave rhythm, and get a taste of additional Latin music styles, such as Cha Cha, Merengue and Bachata.

In addition to the video, you will also find here a widget for practicing with the songs from the video, so you can apply what you learn immediately and then test yourself to see how good you are doing. We recommend first watching the video, and then practicing with the widget below. Have fun!

Watch the Lesson

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Practice Your Timing

The widgets below will let you practice and test yourself with twp songs from the lesson, “Acid” and “Otra Oportunidad”. The music tracks come from youtube, so please hit the youtube “play” button to get the widget going. You will then be able to switch between 4 tabs where you can see the On-1 dance steps, On-2 dance steps, visualize the Clave rhythm, and finally test your ability to find the “1″.

Ray Baretto – Acid

Jimmy Bosch – Otra Oportunidad

Learn More & Practice More

Did you enjoy the instructional video? You can find more many on SalsaLessons.tv. Some are free, others are available for paying members, go ahead and check them out.

Do you want to practice with additional songs? Try our new Online Visual Salsa widget where you can choose from a selection of more than one hundred songs to practice with and then test yourself.

Exercises to practice your rhythm with the Salsa Beat Machine

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I have been getting a lot of questions from users about how beginners can use the Salsa Beat Machine to improve their perception of the beat in salsa music. In my opinion, the best way is to practice – and do that gradually, begin from something simple, then slowly increase the difficulty level.

So here are some exercises I came up with for helping you improving your musicality and feeling of the Salsa Rhythm:

1. Turn all instruments off except for the Congas. Now try counting the one and the five. (hint: The should fall exactly after the pam-pam open tone)

2. Turn all instruments off except for the Clave. Repeat the process – try counting while only hearing the clave.

3. Listen to the Clave and the Cowbell playing together. Can you tap both rhythms one in each hand? (e.g. left hand tapping the Clave, while right hand hitting the cowbell accents – 1,3,5,7). Note that this one is not very easy – might require starting at slower BPM, practicing, and gradually increasing the speed.

Do you find these exercises useful? easy? complicated? Can you come up with a few more ? Let me know!