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Drummer's Guide to Odd Time Signatures
Book and CD
by Rick Landwehr
Back in the 1950s and 1960s Odd Time Signatures were, well, odd! They weren't nearly as commonly used as they are today. Dave Brubeck, with Joe Morello on drums, was one of the first artists to really make odd time signatures popular with songs like "Take Five" (in 5/4) and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" (in 9/8). Today I have a student (Mikey Manasseh) who has been playing "Blue Rondo" to perfection since he was 8 years old! Even as common as Odd Time Signatures have become, there are still many drummers who have trouble playing them and stand to lose a great deal of work because of it.
If you don't feel as comfortable playing in Odd Times as you should, this book and CD can help. Let's check it out.
Mastering the Art of Odd Time Signatures
Notation Review: Explains some basic music theory including note values, dotted notes, time signatures, swing versus straight notes, etc.
Building Blocks: Discusses the terms pulse, subdivisions, and note groupings, which are all commonly used throughout the book.
3/4 and 6/8 Review: Covers Rock, Funk, and Jazz grooves in 3/4 and basic 6/8 grooves.
Time Playing in Five: Rock, Funk, and Jazz grooves in 5/4 time including hi-hat and cymbal variations. 5/8 and 5/16 is also covered.
Time Playing in Seven: Features Rock, Funk, and Jazz grooves in 7/4 and includes 7/8 and 7/16 times.
Time Playing in Nine, Eleven, and Other Odd Time Signatures: Features Rock, Funk, and Jazz in 9/4. Includes 9/8, 11/4, and 11/8 time signatures.
Applying Odd Time Signatures to Brazilian Rhythms: Covers 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 5/8, 7/8, and 11/8 Samba styles along with Bossa Nova in 5/4 and 7/4 time.
Applying Odd Time Signatures to Afro-Cuban Rhythms: Includes Mambo in 7/4 and Songo in 5/4, 7/4, and 9/4.
Playing Fills in Odd Time Signatures: Covers various length fills in 5/4, 7/4, 5/8, and 7/8 .
Conclusion: Includes recommended Audio CDs featuring Odd Times to study including Progressive Rock, Jazz, World Music, and World Fusion Music styles.
Drummer's Guide to Odd Time Signatures: The Bottom Line
While a good value at its retail price of $19.99 for the book and CD package, Drummer's Guide to Odd Time Signatures is also available online at a discount:
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