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Time Manipulation Drum Book Reviews

Modern Drummer Magazine March 1995

In Modern Drummer Magazine

For students who are not quite ready for Gary Chester's The New Breed, this book could prove the perfect introduction to some of it's concepts. Time Manipulation begins by introducing a series of ostinatos for the hi-hat or ride cymbal (and sometimes hi-hat pedal) that are comparable to Chester's "systems". Granted, there are no instructions indicating that one should play them with both left- and right-hand lead (sic), but there is nothing to stop someone doing that, either. Following the ostinatos are over fifty pages of exercises with various bass drum and snare patterns, each of which is to be practiced with each of the ostinatos. Had Rieder have written all of the exercises out, the book would have easily filled several hundred pages; by simply printing the basic exercises once and listing all the various ride patterns that can be played with them, his book covers a lot more ground than its 112 pages would indicate. Whereas The New Breed's reading exercises are great for developing reading and technique, individual measures do not always make practical drum beats. Time Manipulation, by contrast, offers one-bar patterns that are very realistic in terms of potential for everyday use. They progress logically in difficulty from simple quarter and 8th-note patterns to 16th notes and 12/8 time. Because it starts with a basic 8th-note ride pattern,the book can be used as a beginning drumset method. By the end, the student will have a good command of a variety of time feels.

Rick Mattingly, Modern Drummer, March 1995.
Time Manipulation Drum Book review
Time Manipulation in Batteur Magazine

In Batteur Magazine

When I immersed myself into Alain Rieder's book, I quickly realized that it merited the greatest of interest. Short, clear and concise texts, with no useless frills or complications. Exercises elaborated on simple bases, which require a very moderate reading capacity. The concepts are up-to-date (e.g. polyrhythms, anticipations, beat displacement, linear phrases, double bass-drum, metric and polymetric modulations). It has everything to give it life and originality. The author's masterly writing shows his desire to transmit the message of contemporary groove playing in the most direct way possible. This book is a pleasure to work on. You no doubt will be surprised to discover how each chapter can be easily dissected, how each section is carefully thought out for playing. Time Manipulation allows one to work directly on grooves, beyond any single style or trend. It has an open structure which allows the player to apply his own ideas and creativity.

"Time Manipulation presents the principal elements - from the most elementary to the most advanced - necessary to construct a solid vocabulary for improvisation. But don't read this wrong. Time Manipulation is not a collection of licks to learn by heart and take out of their box at an opportune moment. No, it is somewhat like Gary Chester's book in its way of defining how to successfully play some combination or another; it only gives the basic recipe and leaves it up to the player to adapt it to his own personality"


The five main sections contain sixty-four 16-bar exercises. Each exercise is supposed to be played with many cymbal ostinatos. This approach ultimately covers over 6500 combinations, which says a lot...
One quite useful idea is that logs are provided on the last pages so that improvements can be checked, e.g. page X with ostinato Y, etc. I was most pleased with the quick results I got working on the exercises dealing with beat displacement (Section 4, page 51), and linear phrasing (page 80). And I had great fun trying to play the excellent metric and polymetric modulation patterns (examples 1|27, page 94). Take a glance. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
In Time Manipulation, Alain Rieder explains what he has been able to learn from people like Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro and Steve Houghton when he was at PIT. Add the thorough study of drummers styles, like those of Garibaldi, Gadd, Colaiuta, Weckl and Erskine, and you will have an idea of what this book actually means. But it is not enough to just copy and transcribe in order to produce a good method. And this is where it becomes obvious that Rieder has concocted an excellent educational book based on the playing of innovative drummers. But, as I said before, the book is not a collection of these drummers' licks. That is where the author's art is essential.
I might just add that Time Manipulation has been recommended by Dave Weckl and Peter Erskine...

Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine, January 1994.
(translated from French)
Bibliothèque idéale du batteur
Bibliothèque idéale du batteur

In Batteur Magazine

In April of 1997, Time Manipulation is listed by Alain Gozzo as part of his "Ideal Drummer's Library" (la bibliothèque idéale du batteur), among 40 other drum books and 60 videos.

Published in issue number 100 - April 1997

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