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Bata Rhythms On Congas by Arnold Moueza

Bata Rhythms On Congas Part 1 is the reference for transcriptions of Bata drum rhythms on congas. The precision, rigor and realism of its content gave the author the recognition of prestigious percussionists across the Atlantic and Europe.

Arnold gives us the keys to this unique system, in this book to the attention of all traditional music lovers, wishing to discover the rhythms of the Oru Seco, through the practice of congas.

For more information:
arnoldmoueza.com
batarhythms.com

Testbericht auf Bonedo.de

Testbericht auf Bonedo.de

Das Musikerportal Bonedo.de hat PercussionTutor mit 4,5 von 5 Sternen ausgezeichnet. Drummer und Perkussionist Sven von Samson hat einen ausführlichen Test über Version 4.4 geschrieben.

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“Optisch macht die App einen sehr modernen und aufgeräumten Eindruck. Wegen ihrer klaren und schnörkellosen Symbole und der Reduzierung auf das Nötigste wirkt die Bedienoberfläche sehr übersichtlich und strukturiert.”

“Alle Rhythmen wurden von professionellen Perkussionisten im Studio eingespielt, so dass auch der jeweilige Swing der Rhythmen gut rüberkommt. Schon alleine das Anhören macht Spaß!”

“Für die Loops in der [Bata] Sektion Conversations wurde dem Player ein Zufallsgenerator implementiert, der dafür sorgt, dass die Conversations wie in einer Live-Situation zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten und mit variierenden Wiederholungen abgespielt werden. So muss man beim Üben ständig auf die Calls achten, die den Beginn oder das Ende einer solchen Passage einläuten.”

“Mit der PercussionTutor-App haben deren Macher eine umfangreiche, informative und unterhaltsame Rhythmus-Enzyklopädie für iOS (ab Version 8) geschaffen, die nicht nur Percussionisten begeistern wird. Knapp 60 mehr oder meist weniger bekannte Rhythmen stehen in der App in Form von Noten, live eingespielten Audio-Loops und Videos zur Verfügung und bereiten eine Menge Spaß beim Üben oder dem simplen Erkunden neuer Grooves. Unterrichtende Percussionisten haben zudem die Möglichkeit, die Noten als Begleitbuch auszudrucken und ganz legal an ihre Schüler weiterzugeben.”

“Die aktuelle Version 4.4 ist mit ein paar kleinen Darstellungsfehlern hier und dort zwar noch nicht ganz perfekt, aber schon sehr nahe dran. Lediglich die Möglichkeit, sich in allen Patterns vom Metronom einzählen zu lassen, wäre noch wünschenswert. So viel qualitativ hochwertiger Inhalt zu einem so kleinen Preis lässt aber dennoch nur eine ganz klare Kaufempfehlung zu.”

Update auf Version 4.9

Beim letzten PercussionTutor Update sind wir selbstverständlich auf die Kritikpunkte eingegangen wie zB. die Korrekturen in der Notation. Außerdem bietet die App jetzt eine visuelle Abspielanzeige, die die Orientierung in einem Rhythmus Zyklus erleichtert (Einzählfunktion wird folgen) und die verschiedenen Instrumente wurden mit Namensschildern versehen. Wir arbeiten zur Zeit intensiv an einem Rhythmus Übungs-Feature und bauen selbstverständlich die Bibliothek kontinuierlich aus.

Miguel Monroy of Modern Drummer reviewed our app for the October edition of Modern Drummer. He even included a video with a demonstration of the 9 iOS Apps Every Drummer Should Know (see this post for a video of the new PercussionTutor version).

This is the only app in our list that’s dedicated solely to global percussion education, and it does its job wonderfully. It offers a well-organized list of rhythms from all over the world, grouped by country of origin, and there are multiple instrument options for each.

For the one-time fee you’ll get unlimited access to more than sixty rhythms, which include full transcriptions for every part, a live recording of the patterns, info about each rhythm, a metronome, and a Time Stretch feature that lets you speed up or slow down the audio examples.

Many of the rhythms also include a percussionist video demonstration. Once a specific rhythm is chosen, you’re taken to another screen that shows each instrument used to play the pattern. You then have the ability to turn the instruments on and off as you listen to the example audio. The simplicity and functionality of the PercussionTutor app is the result of a lot of work from the creators. This is a must-have for anyone wanting an encyclopedia of world percussion rhythms at their fingertips.” Miguel Monroy. Modern Drummer October 2015.

It’s a great honor to get listed along essential apps like Tempo and Groove Freedom.

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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

Don’t forget to check out what our endorsers think of the app! Read their thoughts here. If you’d like to support spreading rhythm throughout the world, please help us reach more people by sharing this page with your friends. The buttons just under this line will make it a breeze – and you’ll make us even happier!

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.

First review on notreble.com

The version 2 of the app was only launched a few days ago and we already got our first review by Damian Erskine. Here is in a nutshell what he has to say on a site dedicated to the bass(!):

“PercussionTutor is truly fantastic and a blast to play along with. I even found myself just reading the ebook for my own reference and education. Money well spent for anyone who wants to explore these rhythms or “the original funk music,” as Lincoln Goines put it. Check it out!”

“In other words, this will help you – as a bassist – to better understand how your bass lines should fit into the context of the groove.”

Go here for the full review on notreble.com.