Time Manipulation - Section 7 - Rhythmic Modulations

Section 7 of Time Manipulation shows a number of polyrhythmic ostinatos examples, as well as metric and polymetric modulations.
The next three examples demonstrate implied metric modulations, which are to be played while continuing to feel the pulse of the first line.
In the first example, all the values of the first line are transformed into dotted values in the second one.Read more...

Time Manipulation - Section 5 - Basic & Polyrhythmic 12/8 Patterns

Section 5 from Time Manipulation Drum Book is in 12/8, and will let you work on both basic and polyrhythmic patterns.
This example shows Exercise 58, which is an application of the "3 over 2" polyrhythm. Additionally it sounds good!

Time Manipulation - Section 4 - Beat Displacement

Section 4 of Time Manipulation is meant to approach beat displacements in a simple and progressive way.
It includes three sets of seven exercises, and I feel they are one of the most interesting series of exercises in the book.Read more...

Time Manipulation - Section 3 - Anticipations

Section 3 of Time Manipulation is meant to work on anticipations.
Snare-drum and bass-drum notes that are played accented right before a beat, when they are followed by a rest, can be considered as being an anticipation of that beat.

Time Manipulation - Section 2 - Polyrhythmic Patterns

In Section 2 of Time Manipulation, new patterns are formed using some of the basic rhythmic figures seen in Section 1.
This is done in a musical way, using polyrhythms that are ubiquitous in many musical traditions, as well as in current styles.Read more...

Time Manipulation - Section 1 - Basic Patterns

The exercises in Section 1 of Time Manipulation include most rhythmic figures made of eighth notes and sixteenth notes, and of their equivalent rests.

Time Manipulation Drum Book

My drum book Time Manipulation will soon be available in a revised and improved edition.
It is suitable for drummers of all levels, and its purpose is to work on coordination in a groove context. Read more...

Weather Report, 08 July 1976, Montreux

The first time I had the opportunity to witness Weather Report in concert was July 8, 1976, that is 40 years ago today.
This concert is one of my best musical memories as a listener. It was filmed and can be found on DVD.
It can also also be found on YouTube.

Billy Cobham & George Duke, July 6 1976, Montreux

July 6, 1976, I attended this concert of the Billy Cobham & George Duke Band, at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
I had already seen Billy Cobham play with the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as with his own band.
I had seen George Duke play with Frank Zappa twice, and here he was trying to recreate some of the atmosphere that used to happen on stage with Zappa.
Alphonso Johnson was Weather Report's bassist before he was replaced by Jaco Pastorius.
It was the first time I saw John Scofield, who has now become one of the most renown guitarists.

Mort un dimanche de pluie

In 1986, I appeared as a studio drummer in the French film, "Mort un dimanche de pluie" (Death on a Rainy Sunday), which was shot in the Geneva area.
This is a thriller about a psycho looking for revenge and it's a pretty dark film. The music scenes where taken in three days, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, so I have good memories of these days. The rest of the film is pretty tense.

Improvisation in 3/4

Improvisation in 3/4 with my friend Eduardo Machado.
Our goal here is to experiment with rhythm, so this is just a practice session.
We start with a simple rhythmic motif and we let ourselves go were it leads us.
Anything goes!

Sting - Paris 1985 - Bring on the Night

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Thirty years ago, in May 1985, Sting was preparing for a series of seven concerts in Paris at the Mogador Theatre. At that time, I was playing in a group that had ties to his record company (A&M Records), and I was fortunate to be invited to attend one of his rehearsals at the Mogador Theatre.

So I was one of the first persons in the world to hear his new music, his first album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, being released only one month after this series of concerts. I was not really a fan of The Police, but I attended the rehearsal with all the more interest as the drummer Omar Hakim was one of my favorites.

Humid Beings

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992

Logic Pro X

For years, I've been perfecting a methodology that uses computer technology to help my students learn easily and in an intelligent way.
Like many musicians, I started using an Atari computer in 1987, and I rapidly became an expert at using a music application called Notator. I used Notator to write the exercises of my first book, Time Manipulation.
Later, a new application was made and named "Notator Logic", and this new application was then ported to the Mac & PC under the name of Logic Audio.
I was a beta tester of Logic Audio on the Mac for some time, as I helped improving the application by making suggestions for its notation part.

Concert with Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier

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I played an impromptu concert in Freiburg, Switzerland, on December 19, with Nicolas Meier & Pete Oxley, two excellent guitarists from England, and Arnaud Francelet on bass.

Nicolas and Pete recorded a duo CD, and this is the basically the music that we played during this improvised concert.

Nicolas Meier is originally from Switzerland, we’ve known each other for a long time and we sometimes play together.

Nicolas can be heard here: www.mgprecords.com

Update 2014

Nicolas now plays with Jeff Beck!