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The philosophy of Rhythm.

  • Sep 19, 1999
This is a great book, Flatischler focuses on the philosophical and spiritual aspect of rhythm and it's basic principles, he writes about how rhythm affects the body and spirit and how it can heal.

He explains all the basic principles of pulse and rhythm and how this can be found in rhythms all over the world. This is one of the best books to start with if you want to study rhythm but I also highly recomend it to all musicians (I had been playing the piano for many years when I read it and it tought me a lot).

You should also check out Flatischlers great drum band "Megadrum", it includes one of the greatest percussionist on this planet, excellent stuff.

Three other recomended rhythm books "The healing drum" "The drummers path" and "A Rhythmic vocabulary".

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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 powerful, innovative teaching for professional musicians or curious beginner. Through the author's training in many cultural traditions, he presents a deep understanding of the roots of rhythm. This is about finding deeper self awareness through experiencing rhythm in the body. rhythm is shown to be a central, inherent power in all human beings, connecting us to ancient wisdom, all life, our own essence. Reinhard shares his own fascinating transformative journey but sticks to the focus of the book, teaching. In this book you'll find a clear map of the world of rhythm from a multi-cultural perspective along with experiential exercises so you learn with your body as well as your head. A companion tape or CD demonstrates rhythmic structures discussed in the book. Also available are recordings of diverse ethnic rhythm styles, workshops and trainings. --Heartsong Review

To many musicians, rhythm is something that is done by the hands and/or feet, representing mathematical divisions. But as Reinhard Flatischler makes clear in this engrossing study, rhythm is an internal force that exists in the foundations of life (breathing and heartbeat) and is best experienced through movement and vocal sounds. One quickly discovers that being able to feel rhythm through the entire body gives musical performance (especially drumming) a great deal of conviction. The book combines historical and cultural information about rhythm with exercises designed to make one more aware of rhythmic pulse ...
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ISBN-10: 0940795078
ISBN-13: 978-0940795075
Author: Reinhard Flatischler
Publisher: Life Rhythm

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