Today I would like to share a very interesting website I stumbled upon this week: so-ritmo.com. The website describes itself as:
[…] a rhythmic notation system without music theory. It allows progressive learning for various capoeira instruments through videos, sounds and graphics. Só Ritmo was created for self-learners and enthusiasts who are not fond of scores, which are more suited to the melody. […]
Só Ritmo is thus a system to learn to understand and to write capoeira rhythms for the berimbau, pandeiro and atabaque. You can extend the idea of the system to other instruments as well, which makes is very flexible. The nice thing about Só Ritmo is that is it visual and easy to understand. The website offers various videos which explain different toques using their notation system. You can also download a PDF which contains all the material. And what I especially like about Só Ritmo is that the PDF comes with a sheet of blank templates so you can invent your own rhythms and variations. You can do that by simply colouring in the boxes of the notation system.
I think that this specific feature is an answer to a much needed thing: a universal way to share and create rhythms and variations. I could see myself using the templates to write down my variations for each capoeira rhythm and passing that document to friends or beginning students. It’s always a hassle trying to read the notation system of someone else. This tool might be a possible solution if you have met the same problem before.
One more important thing: the platform and resource are completely free (for now)!
What if the creator of Só Ritmo decides to turn his website into a community instead of a one-direction platform? Now we are dependent on the author to upload new rhythms and variations for all instruments. Wouldn’t it be great to build a community where everyone could upload their own creations accompanied with self made audio/video examples? This would definitely bridge between the different groups and styles in capoeira. It would allow capoeiristas to learn the specific rhythms of other groups. And you would have a huge collection of rhythms and variations to learn.