I think rhythm study is highly neglected in modern western music education, I studied piano for many years and of course you have to learn how to read rhythmic notation to be able to read music but there was no study of rhythm itself in all my studies. I felt a need to learn more about rhythm and I started to play the djembe and I certainly do not regret it, for apart from learning to play the djembe I have become a better pianist. This book is great to begin rhythm studies, I wish I had had this book many years ago, I highly recomend it for all musicians regardless of instrument because there is more to music than just melody and harmony, you have to have a good understanding of rhythm also.
The book uses a simple grid system so you do not have to understand standard notation to use this book. It covers basic Rhythmic principles like Pulse and it's division, basic Rhythms are covered and Rhythmic keys or Clave are covered. It also explains basic polyrhythms and interlocking grooves.
This is one of the best book to start with if you are at all interested in Rhythm and no matter what instrument you play it will prove usefull.
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Örn Leifsson (ornleifs)
I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe. The Music I love the most is … more
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A musician's guide to understanding and improvising with rhythm. This book is a road map to rhythm for any musician. It's for guitar players intrigued by the rhythms of world music. It's for keyboard players who've studied scales and chords and now want to study rhythm in a systematic way. It's for drummers, bass players, and sax players who want to groove and solo with a deeper understanding of rhythmic structure. Whatever your instrument, if you want to play funkier and don't mind using your head to do it, this book is for you. This step- by-step comprehensive course includes: hundreds of patterns drawn from African and Afro-Cuban rhythms explained and organized according to their structures; Rhythmic concepts and techniques you can use to create your own patterns; Bite-sized lessons arranged in order of difficulty; Easy-to-read charts that even non-musicians can under- stand; A CD that creates a realistic, three-dimensional rhythmic context for you to practice in; Exercises to reinforce your under- standing and help you build on what you're learning; and a chapter on rhythm walking--a fun way to create rhythms with your whole body while you walk.--This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.