Rhythm puzzles for tuning your internal clock
and putting the groove into your playing
Written for bass clef and C instruments, this revolutionary book
focuses on three critical areas of time that are critical for improvisation:
Metronomic Rhythm, Groove Rhythm, and Phrase rhythm.
Choose the edition for your instrument
What You Will Get From this Book
100 audio files serve as play-along tracks to the book's exercises, performance examples, and challenges for evaluating your time and rhythm sense and then showing you how to improve it.
THE AUDIO FILES
The 100 sound files for this book can be accessed through the Soundcloud playlist. Learn how to access these files and play them as you wish when you wish.
How's your groove? When you play, do you see people tapping their foot and bopping their head? That ability 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.
You must first 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!
There is an important rhythm in the phrases that make up your improvised solo. Here, you'll see examples and learn how to vary the rhythm of your lines like a great piece of poetry.
Elevate your practicing beyond
quarter or eighth notes to a metronome
As a musician, you want to use time to tell interesting stories
within your improvisation, not to become a metronome.
Possibly the most fundamental and important skill of any musician is their sense of time and rhythm. In this rich collection of exercises, audio files, and ideas, I break down the study of rhythm into the categories of Metronomic, Groove, and Phrase.
Fully addressing each category, the book guides the reader /performer through an ever broadening journey starting with self discovery of their own rhythmic acuity and ending with an analysis and challenge of performing connecting phrases defining a rhythmically musical whole.
Within this work, you will discover:
- An accurate assessment of your own rhythmic sensibilities
- Beneficial and more enjoyable ways to play with a metronome
- A method for strengthening your performance skills in reacting to the rhythms around you
- Effective ways to model favorite players in order to develop a more musical feel to your playing
- A new way to think about the rhythm and pace of improvisation
- By recording and practicing excellence, how you’ll gain the most from this book