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Modern Reading Text in 4/4: For All Instruments [Paperback]

Louis Bellson , Gil Breines
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  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769233775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769233772
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 22.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has become a classic in all musicians' libraries for rhythmic analysis and study. Designed to teach syncopation within 4/4 time, the exercises also develop speed and accuracy in sight-reading with uncommon rhythmic figures. A must for all musicians, especially percussionists interested in syncopation.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 April 2008
Format:Paperback
This is THE essential book for learning to sight read rhythms. It is designed for people who have a basic knowledge of reading notation though, and the explanation isn't fantastic if you don't have that basic knowledge. However if you DO have a basic knowledge of rhythms then practice your way though this book stamping the beats with your feet and clapping and vocalising the rhythm. This book made me a rhythm guitar player. And it can make anybody who puts the hours in also a brilliant rhythm reader on any instrument. IF YOU'RE SERIOUS ABOUT PLAYING MUSIC WELL, THEN BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Sightreading Material 3 Feb 2010
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This is an essential book for improving your rhythm reading skills and as a contemporary guitarist on a music degree it's been invaluable for expanding my grasp of complex and syncopated rhythms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 15 Jan 2011
By Vee
Format:Paperback
Bought this as a present for drummer boyfriend and he has found it invaluable tool in maintaining and developing his drumming skills e.g. sight reading, phrasing and time keeping. A must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm or Blues? 20 Oct 2013
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There's a lot to get to grips with in this book and it will take me some time to work through. However, I believe that if I persevere, I shall be a better player by the time that I reach the end of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and Effective 15 Dec 2012
By William
Format:Paperback
I'd recommend this book to people who want to work on their sense of rhythm (academically, with reading).
Its simplistic however a good book to follow through properly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent! 16 Mar 2012
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Excelent book to practice sight Reading!
My teacher recommend me and now i can do the same!
Just buy it and start to improve!!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - As far as it goes 27 Jun 2002
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First the bad points. There is hardly any explaination at all in the book. It merely has two pages of text before it dives in to the exercises. There is also this dubious bit about sixteenths in jazz. This book suggests that they too are 'swung'. Plenty of others say play them straight. Basically the book is a set of rhythms arranged to deal with eight notes, triplets etc etc. Each exercise deals with all sorts of possible combinations. The trouble is that they don't represent the sort of stuff you would expect to have to play.
My preferred method for the book is to practice say four bars in a loop so that this might replicate an actual passage of music rather that the twenty or so bars that comprise each exercise.
It's not that expensive and saves you the effort of writing the stuff out yourself but it's a pity that it didn't offer more help.
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