Salsa Practice Music is a new set of practice tracks for anyone learning or teaching salsa.
There are two releases, each with 4 tracks: Beginner contains 4 versions at 164PM (82) and the regular release contains 4 versions at 184BPM (92).
The Beginner tracks focus on getting you used to the counting, and the regular release or improver upwards focuses on timing and musicality, and how to use the musical elements to keep your dancing in time.
Rumba Rumberos – Salsa Practice Music – Beginner (164BPM)
Rumba Rumberos – Beginner with Full Counting
This is a full-counting version at 164BPM for beginners. There are no vocals, just the instrumental and the counting.
Rumba Rumberos – Beginner with Counting on One
This is also a slow version for beginners, but has counting only on the “1” in the music. Excellent as you start to become more comfortable with the 1..2..3…..5…6..7…. timing and need just a gentle reminder.
Rumba Rumberos – Beginner Percussion Only Full Counting
This is also a slow version for beginners, but has no instrumentation – just the percussion. This can be very useful when learning as the instruments can distract from the rhythm and timing. It will also help you to become more comfortable with latin percussion sounds.
Rumba Rumberos – Beginner – Instrumental
This is an instrumental only version with no counting. It is at 164 BPM for beginners, so can be used with your own counting or simply as a slower salsa track with which to practice. If you are at the stage of learning where you are generally good at keeping in time as long as the music isn’t too fast then this is the version for you.
Rumba Rumberos – Beginner
Finally, the full Rumba Rumberos track at the beginner tempo (164BPM) without any counting. When you no longer need counting, but you need clear instruments and rhythms with which to practice, this is the track for you. It can also be enjoyed as piece of salsa music in its own right.
Rumba Rumberos – Salsa Practice Music (184BPM)
Rumba Rumberos – Level 1
This is a full-counting version with just the percussion. This helps you get accustomed to the latin percussion. Many of these instruments (except perhaps the cowbell) will be alien to you when you first learn a latin dance, so starting with percussion-only allows you to really hear the rhythm of salsa music.
Rumba Rumberos – Level 2
This is also a full-counting version, but this level has the other instrumentation as well. As you improve, having the counting is still very useful, but you are ready to have other musical elements in your practice music that would be very distracting at the early stages of learning.
Rumba Rumberos – Level 3
This is a unique concept to this compilation. The full “Rumba Rumberos” music and vocals are included in this level, with counting BETWEEN the vocals and key musical phrases. Rather than bombarding the you with music and instrumentation theory, this track encourages you to use the MUSIC to help you find the timing, with the counting reminding you where they should be from time to time. In this level you will hear a musical phrase on 1,2,3 followed by counting on 5,6,7 and vice-versa. Before you know it you will find yourself using the music to help you count and will no longer need a counting track at all! If you are at the stage where you are generally good at keeping in time, but lose yourself occasionally, this is the level for you.
Rumba Rumberos – Full Version
Finally, the full Rumba Rumberos track without any counting. When you no longer need counting, but you need clear instruments and rhythms to practice to, this is the track for you. It can also be enjoyed as piece of salsa music in its own right, is excellent for warm-up and cool-down routines, and even for Rueda-de-Casino.
More about the Rumba Rumberos – Salsa Practice Music E.P.s
Some of the more ‘jazzy’ salsa tracks tend to become very complicated musically, and this can be very confusing, especially in the early stages of learning to dance salsa. With Rumba Rumberos, I have tried to adopt a more dance-music/pop approach to the arrangement. This sort of song structure will be more familiar, and should help the learning process. Finally, I hope you enjoy the song Rumba Rumberos. It was great fun to make, and will hopefully elevate your dancing to the next level.