A unique book of rhythm studies,
lessons and exercises to improve
rhythm and inner pulse.
Book and Companion CD
Rhythm: What It Is and How to Improve Your Sense of It
The In-Depth Rhythm Studies Book for Musicians
This unique volume of rhythm studies, lessons and exercises is designed to deepen your sense of rhythm and to improve rhythmic performance.
Music is composed of two elements, pitch and rhythm;
of the two, rhythm is the more important.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Written by educator and percussionist Andrew Lewis, this book is intended for musicians of all instruments and styles, with rhythm studies and exercises for players of all levels to improve your fundamental sense of rhythm and inner pulse.
Written in four sections:
- What is Rhythm
Discusses rhythmic terms and concepts; a dialogue on rhythm in a broad and deep sense, systematically defining rhythmic terms and ideas.
- How to Improve Your Sense of Rhythm
A step-by-step guide for deepening your sense of inner pulse, playing in time and 'in the pocket'. It is full of rhythm exercies for the development of a strong rhythmic sense for the contemporary performer. This book contains exercises to develop rhythmic confidence, discusses how to play in time and achieve clarity of expression.
- Advanced Rhythm Studies
A continuation of book two, for more advanced players. It tackles advanced rhythm concepts, more advanced polyrhythms, and drumming; with advanced rhythm exercises.
- Rhythm in Performance
A discussion of extra-musical considerations that can have an effect on rhythm and performance, like nerves and attitude. Also included are suggestions of extra-musical areas of study that can have a positive effect on your performance, inner pulse and playing in time.
"Rhythm: What It Is and How to Improve Your Sense of It is the only book of its kind - it picks up where others leave off. This book explores rhythm study in a much deeper sense from the perspective of master musicians, written with exercises and studies for musicians of all levels."
Andrew Lewis, Author
- 237 musical examples and exercises
- A comprehensive course for working with a metronome, including 115 metronome exercises
- An in-depth look at how to analyze and study polyrhythms with 70 polyrhythm exercises
- Sections on hand drumming, drumset, recording, the relationship or pitch to rhythm, how to memorize tempi, hemiola, metric modulation, expression and nuance
- Full of practical suggestions and exercises to improve your rhythm and deepen inner pulse