About the Rhythm Book series

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Beginning Notation and Sight-Reading:
• introduces rhythmic notation, from the very first steps (does not assume you have any notation background);

• teaches how to read and write rhythms in 4/4 at the quarter, eighth, and triplet eighth levels;

• creates a solid foundation on which further notation and sight-reading skills can be build.

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Intermediate Notation and Sight-Reading:
• builds from knowledge of quarter, eighth, and triplet eighths;

• progresses systematically from 16th notes through triplets of all rates, triple meters, odd meters, and even 32nd notes and beyond;

• prepares you to read and correctly write nearly any rhythms you will ordinarily encounter.

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Rhythmic Development and Performance in 4/4: Master rhythmic performance in 4/4. This volume:

• examines rhythmic styles and feels, including swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, calypso, reggae, and ballads;

• discusses phrasing, relationship to the beat, feeling time and form, defining the time in your playing, very fast and slow tempos, playing with others and rhythmically interacting, and how to develop rhythm ideas;

• includes numerous examples, as well as worksheets for suggested transcription projects.

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Crossrhythms on 4/4: Crossrhythms (aka implicit polymeter or groupings) are a powerful tool to expand your vocabulary in performance and composing. Perhaps the most under-represented rhythmic area in musical education, their study brings surprising benefits, including greater depth and freedom over harmonic forms. This volume:

• provides a systematic method for learning any crossrhythm;

• presents crossrhythms on 4/4 comprehensively, from most common/simple to rare/complex;

• incorporates many exercises, and examples from different musical genres.

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Odd Meters and Changing Meters: Aimed at developing the reader’s performance and composition skills with odd and changing meters, this volume:
• provides a systematic way to learn any new meter;

• explores odd meters in depth, different flavors of changing meters, and crossrhythms on odd meters;

• includes interesting examples from a wide variety of musical styles, and exercises to develop your mastery.

THE RHYTHM BOOK—Superimposition and Subdivision, Metric Modulation, Feel Modulation and Displacement: With focus on some of the most challenging rhythmic areas in 21st Century music, this volume:
• offers systematic ways to learn rhythm superimpositions and convert between superimposition and subdivision;

• teaches a series of methods for performing metric modulations;

• presents exercises to address the challenges of feel modulation and feel displacement;

• demonstrates how to combine techniques (e.g. crossrhythms at superimposition rates over odd meters).