New Salsa & Merengue Beat Machine Puts You in Charge of Learning the Beats

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Those new to salsa and Latin dancing in general sometimes find it challenging to “find the beat” when dancing.  One creative salsa dancer created a “Salsa Beat Machine” as an answer to that challenge.

The Salsa Beat Machine is a free online Salsa and Merengue metronome. The idea behind it is to use it as as tool to  improve your dance timing and feeling of the rhythm.  Different patterns composing Salsa Music are broken down for you using an intuitive mixer-like interface. An online visualizer tab let’s you match what you hear in the music with the instrument that is currently playing.  Here is a short video that explains how it works:

Here is some info direct from Uri Shaked, the creator, about his inspiration for the tool:

“I’ve been dancing Salsa for around 4 years, and today Salsa plays a major role in my life.

When I began dancing, I struggled with the rhythm of the music a lot, and it took me more than a year to get it right. I remember my friends telling me that I was off-beat, dancing on the “2” or “3”, but as I couldn’t hear any “numbers” in the music I had no idea what they were talking about and was really frustrated. Fortunately, following an advice from a close friend, I began listening to a lot of Salsa music. Without any special guidance, it took the change several months to happen, but I gradually progressed until I reached a point I could dance in time with the music.

Since then, I became a Salsa instructor myself, teaching dance and musicality to others, and also began playing salsa gigs on the piano, clave sticks, conga drums and timbales set. Learning how to feel the rhythm and to dance to the beat wasn’t an easy journey, but I am happy I did not give up. This gave me the drive to explore the music and its structure, to listen to individual instruments, find patterns, and ultimately create the tool known today as the Salsa Beat Machine.”


The program is already available online and on the iPhone with Android functionality coming soon.

Check out the Salsa Beat Machine today!

John ;-)


John F. Bello

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