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Percussive Arts Society's Percussive Notes publication (Credit: PAS)

Percussive Arts Society’s Percussive Notes publication (Credit: PAS)

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. The Percussive Arts Society is the world’s largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages.

We would like to thank the Percussive Arts Society for their review which was published in january 2014 in the Percussive Notes journal (Digital version available). Percussive Notes is the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. This journal is written for professional and student percussionists.

Here is what the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) wrote

“PercussionTutor is an iOS application designed to teach traditional world percussion styles and their transfer to drumset. The interactive application is very thorough and includes styles or “rhythms”from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, West Africa, and an in-depth collection of traditional Cuban Bata patterns.

As an example of how each style works within the application, the guaguanco page displays an image of each of the instruments that make up this traditional rhythm (clave, maraca, cascara, salidor, tres golpe, and quinto). When the play button is pressed, each of the instruments can be heard and then toggled off or on to mix a composite sound of each voice. This allows a student to isolate and learn each component of the style one voice at a time.

In addition to the mixer feature, sheet music is provided to demonstrate the rhythmic ostinatos of the given style (this is best viewed with your device turned to landscape). An “info” tab displays background and cultural details about each style, and a tempo slider is also provided to slow down or speed up each rhythm. Each style also includes a performance video that demonstrates these patterns by leading percussionists in New York City.

Navigation is simple and the layout is logical and easy to grasp. Toggles, sliders, and buttons are large, and I found no obvious bugs that prevent a solid user experience. Additional features include the ability to “star” frequently used styles so they can be quickly located, and a useful “help” section that includes tips and advice for using the app as well as specific notation guidelines. A companion book or pdf file can also be downloaded for use with the interactive playback.

The application can be purchased through the iOS App Store. The current version (2.5) comes in at 119MB and requires iOS 5 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, although it is not optimized for the iPad’s larger screen. Since its introduction in 2012, the application has seen a few updates, one of which included the addition of five new rhythmic styles and a new user interface. This is promising, as the developers will likely continue to contribute more content in the future. There are no in-app purchases, so users receive all features with one purchase.” – Thad Anderson, the Percussive Arts Society

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App Review from bassist Hugh Richardson

Hugh Richardson is a bass player, arranger and composer currently living in London. During his time in London he has performed among others with musicians such as Ian Matthews (Kasabian), Marc Russo (Tower of Power, Yellow Jackets), John Cowan (The Doobie Brothers), Lara Johnston, Tolis Zavaliaris (Vanessa Mae), Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chuck Sabo (Chaka Kahn, Elton John, Natalie Imbruglia), Alon Cohen (Passenger), Kimya, Amy Studt, Leon Mitchener (Rolf Hind, London Improvisers Orchestra), Ana Free, Gianluca Corona (Al Di Meola) and Cheryl Alleyne (Courtney Pine).

Here is what he writes about the app:

This is an app that has such a huge amount to offer to any musician. Whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced stage there is so much information here!

The app is incredibly easy to use and having recordings of actual musicians gives the content so much more context. Two things that struck me almost immediately about the app were (A) the level of customisation within each groove and (B) the amount of depth and knowledge packed into each groove. This is not some run of the mill play along app. Every groove has been played flawlessly, comes with a complete score, a video of the recording session, the option to add, solo or mute each individual element of the groove, and last of all, some information regarding things such as the historic origins of the rhythm and notable players from the genre.

What’s so clever about this is that it gives the consumer something beyond the app to explore. This can be anything from the mechanics of each grove to information about expanding on basic principles of each grove (variation and conversation options) and even further listening that comes in the form of historical figures mentioned in the information section on the grooves.

All of this is supplemented by the free E-book that is available to download from the website or through the app. It gives further insight into the programme and also offers the user a chance to engage with the material creatively as it states that you are welcome to ‘distribute and transmit…remix….and even make commercial use of the work’.

All in all this is a very complete programme. Something of great depth that professional musicians, educators or those who are just curious about world music will get a great deal from.

Jérôme teaches a workshop in the french part of Switzerland. Click the link below to see excerpts of the workshop:

Workshop in Switzerland

Jérôme and Jonathan are just back from a latin percussion workshop ins Switzerland. There are some clichés you can’t do without.

PercussionTutor-workshop Switzerland2

PercussionTutor-workshop Switzerland 1

Lalubanche applied on drumset and congas

Victor Rendon plays the itotele part with his left hand and the 6/8 clave pattern with his right hand. Jérôme Goldschmidt plays the okonkolo part with his left hand and some improvisations with his right hand. Enjoy!

Bata Group Class

We are meeting tomorrow for the bata group class in Astoria, Queens.

I am thrilled to share with you that we got through the “oru seco” in last weekend’s class. This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all of you for your great work and dedication. I am looking forward to our meeting tomorrow.

For people who would like to join the group, please contact Jerome at

Il fait parler les congas et les bongos!

Interview suisse

Interview Suisse Jérôme2012

A Three Day Workshop In July with Jerome Goldschmidt – All Levels Welcome

In this workshop, we will be exploring latin music and all its different percussion instruments part of the Carribean popular and folkloric culture. We will learn rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico and play the palo drums, bomba drums, timbales, bongo, guiro, different cow-bell pattern, maracas, the bata drums, shekere, drumset, and accustom ourself with the concept of clave.

This workshop is aimed for all latin-music lovers, those who would like to deepen their knowledge of latin-music as well as for those who are new to latin-music.
For all those who are new to latin-music, this “3 day workshop” offers you a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with latin-music, get a better understanding and learn the roles of the different instruments.

When: Thursday 12th of july from 17.30-20.00
Friday 13th of july from 17.30-20.00
Saturday 14th of july from 10.00-13.00

Where: 4, rue Michel Welter
L-8339 Olm
(Cité Kurt)

Fee: 125 Euro per student

Early bird special: 100 Euro if you pay full amount before june 27th!

For information and/or registration:

Weekly Batá Workshops

I am very thrilled to announce a new weekly NYC bata drum class on saturdays from 1030a.m. to 1230p.m.

The objective of this class is to learn the different rhythms of the oru cantado with their respective songs. The oru cantado is the second part of a tambor (ceremony) consisting of a series of songs sung for each of the orichas.  Together with my friend Ray Alcantara, we will be teaching you the different patterns of the three drums as well as the appropriate songs.

For more info or sign up for the class, please contact Jerome at

Jerome Goldschmidt has been a professional musician and teacher for over 25 years. He played with numerous artists such as Los Jovenes Del Barrio, Chico O’Farrill and Tito Puente. Jerome has been playing the bata drums for over 20 years and has been part of Louie Bauzo’s tambor for the last 15 years.

Ray Alcantara has been a professional musician for over 35 years and played among others with Conjunto Saoco, Johnny Colon & Nino Segarra. He dedicated his life to afro-cuban folkloric music and has been playing ceremonies for 30 years with Louie Bauzo and Alfredo Coyude.