Cross-Rhythmic Exercise in 7/8 - 2

  • This coordination exercise is a six-measure cycle
  • The accent pattern resolves every twelve sixteenth notes (and there's fourteen sixteenth notes in the measure).
  • I played the two lines once as written, and then once again but doubling the unaccented notes
  • I played a wood block with my left foot, but you can also play the hi-hat or the bass drum or both.
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Section 1 - Basic Patterns
Section 2 -
Polyrhythmic Patterns
Section 3 -
Anticipations
Section 4 -
Beat Displacement
Section 5 -
Basic & Polyrhythmic 12/8 Patterns
Section 6 - Swing & Shuffle Feels
Section 7 -
Rhythmic Modulations

  • About 140 pages,
  • Sixty-eight 16-bar groove exercises, meant to be practiced with numerous cymbal ostinatos.
  • More than 130 examples in audio and/or video versions.


Cross-Rhythmic Exercise in 7/8 - 1

  • This coordination exercise is a three-measure cycle
  • There's an accent every three sixteenth notes.
  • I played the line twice as written, and then twice again but doubling the unaccented notes
  • I played a wood block with my left foot, but you can also play the hi-hat or the bass drum, or both.
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Available Soon in a revised edition
Download excerpts from
Time Manipulation Drum Book

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Section 1 - Basic Patterns
Section 2 -
Polyrhythmic Patterns
Section 3 -
Anticipations
Section 4 -
Beat Displacement
Section 5 -
Basic & Polyrhythmic 12/8 Patterns
Section 6 - Swing & Shuffle Feels
Section 7 -
Rhythmic Modulations

  • About 140 pages,
  • Sixty-eight 16-bar groove exercises, meant to be practiced with numerous cymbal ostinatos.
  • More than 130 examples will be available in audio and/or video versions.



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!
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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.
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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.
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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...