Studying Rhythm

October 30, 2020
Studying Rhythm

Featuring over 300 metrical rhythmic studies in simple musicalforms — carefully graded, with short preliminary exercises — thisvolume introduces readers to the basic processes and complexitiesof musical rhythm and helps them develop the ability to perform allkinds of rhythmic patterns accurately at sight. Suitable not onlyfor reading, but for dictation, improvisation, and composition —and for different methods — the collection contains one- andtwo-part rhythmic studies — mostly 12 to 16 measures long — thatare intended to be sung, spoken, and tapped or clapped. The volumeexamines the full range of meter studies, rests and syncopation,triplets, beats, small subdivisions, changing simple and compoundmeter, notes in two and three beats, four against three, four notesin three beats; three notes in four beats, quintuplets andseptuplets, meters with unequal beats, changing meters with unequalbeats, cross-rhythms and tempo modulation. For those interested inthe rhythmic patterns most frequently encountered in Western artmusic.