MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE (October 2015 issue):
“This is a must-have for anyone wanting an encyclopedia of world percussion rhythms at their fingertips.”
PercussionTutor is an educational app for dedicated world percussion enthusiasts. The app and its free companion book feature a unique library of world rhythms and instruments played by leading percussionists and drummers. A time stretching feature and a metronome give the users the option to practice at their own pace.
NO IN-APP PURCHASES! Make sure to buy the app now and get all the future content for free. We will release updates on a regular basis adding new rhythms and videos.
Damian Erskine (bassist, educator, writer for NoTreble.com):
“PercussionTutor is truly fantastic and a blast to play along with”. (full review on NoTreble.com)
Lincoln Goines (electric and acoustic bassist) writes: “This app is an engaging and informative way to check out the original funk. A great tool for musicians, dancers, and all lovers of rhythm”.
Percussive Arts Society: “The interactive application is very thorough [...]. Navigation is simple and the layout is logical and easy to grasp.”
PercussionTutor will allow you to approach South American, Caribbean and West African music in a different way. This app offers you more than a simple play-along. It includes standard notation, videos and specific claves. We also took the outmost care to capture the natural feeling of all those drumming traditions.
For the batá rhythms we even developed a random playback engine that will simulate an actual batá performance.
This app puts you in a live playing situation - just like you learned your mother language. You will sound more natural and more alive and you will awaken to new rhythmic possibilities. It's also a great tool for other musicians, dancers and performers who want to immerse themselves into centuries-old traditional languages.
- Over 80 rhythms (some rhythms include a basic and a more advanced version)
- Rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Peru, West Africa, ...
- ALL drums can be turned on and off individually
- audio time-stretching feature
- 59 videos
- over 50 percussion instruments
- Sheets of all the rhythms included in the app and in the free book
- A description of all the rhythms
- MORE RHYTMS COMING: we are working on a lot more content to be released on a regular basis!
* Louis Bauzo, performed with Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon
* Greg Askew, performed with Tito Puente
* Luiz Ebert
* Jérôme Goldschmidt, performed with Tito Puente, M. Santamaria & Chico O’Farrill
* Marcos Napa, performed with Perú N.
* M. Monaco, performed with Al Di Meola
* Oswald Simmonds
* Reynaldo Alcantara
* Richard Byrd, performed with Babatunde Olatunji
* Rudy Walker, performed with Pharaoh Saunders, Randy Weston
* Victor Rendón, performed with M. Santamaria, Xavier Cugat Orchestra
**Cuba - Popular Music**
- Cha Cha Cha
- Salsa 1, 2, 3, 4
- Songo 1, 2 & 3
**Cuba - Folk Music**
- Abakua Havana
- Azogano Part 1, 2
- Columbia Part 1
**Cuba - Batá Drums**
- Auguere (part 1)
- Auguere (part 2)
- Babaluaye (part 1)
- Babaluaye (part 2)
- Kuru Kurubete
- Ewe Masiboroñu
- Agayu Part 1,2,3 & 4
- Akete Obba
- Iya Mase
- Holandes & Holandes fast version
- Bossa Nova
- Samba Batucada
- Samba Enredo
- Samba Pagode
- Samba Reggae
- Vals Peruano
# We added 3 new rhythms #
- Xaxado from a genre called forró which originated in the northeast part of Brazil.
- Yuca , an Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythm played by the Bantu.
- Conga also called conga de comparsa is the name given to the rhythm of the Cuban Carnaval. Comparsas are large ensembles of costumed dancers, musicians and singers that perform in the street carnavals of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. In this example, you hear a conga habanera from Havana.
Ratings and Reviews
Percussion Tutor Review
For the Latin or Afrocuban drummer, this app is worth 10x the price at least. Especially for bata rhythms and other folk rhythms that aren’t easy to find a lot of recordings of. Just wish you could adjust the volume levels of each instrument instead of just muting them. This would help seeing how two instruments fit together while distinguishing one from the other. Also, hope Bembe gets added soon.
Great! Could use a few improvements
I love this app! I’m giving it 4 stars though, because there are a few improvements I’d like to see. I don’t like that the pitch of the percussion instruments change when adjusting tempo. I’d like for the pitch to be fixed. Or maybe to have separate controls for both pitch and tempo.
Next, it would be nice to have separate volume controls for individual instruments. Finally, the bossa move rhythm maxes out at 155bpm, which is still pretty slow, so I’d like to have the ability to set a higher tempo for it. Other than that, I love this app and hope to see continual improvements in the future.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your suggestions!
We agree the pitch shift sounds ugly and we already corrected it in the Android version. In V5 on iOS pitch will be compensated for sure.
Interesting point on the Bossa Nova style because we tried to stay in the "traditional" range: https://www.music4dance.net/dances/bossa-nova . Best solution would probably be to add a new version that goes higher.
And finally concerning the separate volume controls ... Yes, some users are requesting that feature and it would be easy to implement but for us it's a design choice, it keeps the interface super simple. It will also always make the rhythm sound well balanced but we will keep it in mind.
Best App for Afro/Cuban and Latin Drummers
I’ve bought a lot of apps trying to get a handle on Afro/Cuban Latin and folkloric drumming this App is tops for that would like to see some more rhythms like yambu/Bembe bata section is awesome keep up the good work fellas.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.