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Rhythm Savvy

Your sense of time and rhythm is more important than the “right” notes. There… I said it!

This is a book full of fun and challenging rhythm exercises for tuning your internal clock and putting swing and groove into your playing.

Written for bass clef and C instruments, this unique book focuses on three critical areas of time that are necessary for improvisation: your internal clock, your groove, and the rhythm of your improvised phrases.

Improving your overall sense of time will make the biggest difference in your jazz playing, and this fun book of rhythm exercises will get you there.

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What you will gain from this book

Learn how to practice and improve your time so you can sound more in control of your solos with your audience bobbing their head and tapping their feet to your groove!

Tons of audio files

The over 100 sound files for this book will challenge you with fun exercises to strengthen your sense of time and rhythm. The files are accessible through a Soundcloud playlist or for easy downloading.

Strengthen your inner clock

You must have a solid clock. Within this section, you will find lots of exercises that go well beyond the metronome work you've probably been practicing. Watch out for the Maniacal Metronome exercise!

Improve your groove and swing

How's your groove? When you play, do you see people tapping their feet and bopping their head to your playing?

Your ability to play that way comes from listening to great players, but it also comes from hearing how to dance with the time. These examples and exercises will show you how.

Understand the rhythm of your phrases

There is an important rhythm in the phrases that make up your improvised solo. You will see examples and learn how to vary the rhythm of your lines just like a great piece of poetry. 

Know where you are going as you play

Build an intuitive sense of phrasing that allows you to anticipate where your playing is taking you and how you will more purposefully resolve your phrases and end your solo.

I only realized that time was beyond bad once I started with your materials, but things are starting to improve and I am enjoying the process. I feel much more solid when performing and I am enjoying music and playing more now that I have a sense of the pulse of time.
- Ray B., UK

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Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
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Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
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Dreaming of Mars
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Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

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