Much like cell phones or laptops, the Salsa Beat Machine isn’t new technology (created in 2009), but it can prove to be extremely helpful. The Salsa Beat Machine is a handy site created by Visual Salsa that features a basic looping salsa track in which you can adjust the song tempo, key and include/exclude certain instruments. There is a vocal audio queue that helps dancers to identify the ‘1’ and the ‘5’. There is a Merengue option available as well and the song switches to a merengue beat when the box is checked.
Below is a screenshot of the interface from the site.
Visual Salsa has even created great videos that mark the 1 OR 2 for you in a specific song so you can practice with it and never have to worry about losing your place.
Here are a few examples. You can find other examples on the Salsa Beat Machine YouTube channel.
Find the 1 beat
Find the 2 beat
Are there any other techie sites or apps that you use to help you with your dance journey? If so, leave a comment and let us know!