The learning model of a tutorial is similar to that in language development. It goes through three stages: Listening - Understanding - Implementing, and the core lesson is arranged broadly to reflect this:
Listening Practice encourages you to use your ears before your legs. Through the process of active listening, you develop your ability to detect important sonic features of the rhythm, and become accustomed to the frequency range and timbre of the instrument.
Rhythm Principles provide an explanation of the importance of these features in the context of the pattern. Understanding this allows you to pinpoint your location in the rhythmic timeframe with confidence, and increases your ability to interact with music.
Salsa Practices places the information in a dance context through a series of exercises. When performing them to the recommended practice tracks, we generally recommend that you increase the tempo from low to high as you become more proficient. You should then revisit the slower tracks to develop your control.
We suggest that you practice until you're completely comfortable with a section before moving on to the next.
A separate page, Extras, includes relevant background information and an in-depth rationale of the tutorial where appropriate. Although not essential, the contents serve to establish a wider, deeper understanding of the pattern.
that the programme is progressive. It is imperative that after the end
of each lesson, you briefly revisit the material from previous tutorials
to associate the newly acquired points with information that is already
familiar to you.
The tracks are available in .MP3 format and can be downloaded by Right clicking on the link, selecting Save Target As..., and following the prompts.
The files can be played on your computer with the appropriate software, or on a hardware mp3 player. Alternatively you could convert the .MP3 files back to .WAV format and burn them onto CD to be played in a conventional CD player.
Software for playing .MP3 files and for conversion to .WAV format can be found easily on the web, using a search engine and appropriate key words.
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