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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book! Very useful polyrhythm examples.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOME NOTATION ISSUES?
This was one of the first in what may be a growing trend in cutting edge jazz/rock/fusion technique texts for all instrumentalists. A book about 'tricky' rhythms. This has in recent years been limited to being an interesting subject for drummers. But the whole band need to know about them too if we drummers are allowed our fun. So congratulations Mr Magadini and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOME NOTATION ISSUES?, 21 Oct. 2010
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This was one of the first in what may be a growing trend in cutting edge jazz/rock/fusion technique texts for all instrumentalists. A book about 'tricky' rhythms. This has in recent years been limited to being an interesting subject for drummers. But the whole band need to know about them too if we drummers are allowed our fun. So congratulations Mr Magadini and thanks.
Unfortunately there has been only a vague standard agreement on the correct way to refer to odd/artificial/false/polyrhythms, let alone notate them. The most logical seems to me to be the ratio notation employed by Gary Chaffee and Gavin Harrison among others.
Although there is much to be commended, notational inconsistency and omission are minor irritations for me in an otherwise good stab at the subject. Groups of triplets subdivided again into triplets, (nested triplets), are never referred to as nines, or nontuplets, which is the logical progression after 8th note or quavers. Though sextuplet, septuplet are used. Most modern drum educators are familiar with rhythmic scales and label one to ten using 'tuplets' where odd groups are needed: As does notation software such as Sibelius. So it seems odd, no pun intended, that this book does not refer to 9s at all. Also there is what surely must be called an error in notating elevens. They are written as crotchet or quarter note values even in a bar of four. After Septuplets, the next subdivision has to be an eighth note or quaver!(11:4 ratio).
Likewise 9s, 10s, and 11s. it becomes very confusing when the quarter note elevens ( in a bar of four/ four time) are doubled up so that one fits in 22 eighth notes! This should be semiquavers or 16ths (22:4 ratio). In a book endeavouring to clear the mystery instead this must add to it for a beginner to odd rhythms.
That said there are many useful and challenging clearly notated rhythmic exercises here. Though more thorough and methodical explanation of polyrhythms are to be found in Gary Chaffee's Patterns series. Also Gavin Harrison's detailed explanations of how to achieve accurate subdivisions are of more use I feel. Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller book/DVD 'An Introduction to Polyrhythms' is also an excellent tutor for rhythm section players including clear demonstrations. Paul Delong's "Delong Way: To Polyrhythmic Creativity on the Drumset" is also a fine effort though aimed only at drummers.
It is because of the above confusing oddities I can't give 5 stars, and because it is a potentially difficult area where clarity is vital only award 3. (Having said that, Magadini's 'Polyrhythms for Drumset' is less ambitious but less confusing notationally, that would get 5 stars from me.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 31 Aug. 2014
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Great book! Very useful polyrhythm examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 April 2015
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