Rhythmic Modulations

A short video to demonstrate some of the rhythmic concepts developed in my Time Manipulation Drum Book.

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Very good review in Sticks Magazine

There's a very good review of my Time Manipulation Drum Book in the September 2018 issue of the "Sticks" drum magazine from Germany.
Here is the review and as it is written in German of course, there's an attempt to translate it below:

Drum Textbook Classics
New edition of Alain Rieders Time Manipulation
Written by Axel Mikolajczak, 11 September 2018

In this extended, new edition of the textbook "Time Manipulation", first published in 1992 and available in English and French, the renowned drummer and author Alain Rieder introduces the world of the rhythmic effect of grooves in an innovative way.Read more...

The UK Drum Show 2018, Manchester, September 29 & 30

I'll be presenting my drum book at the UK Drum Show in Manchester, September 29 & 30.
Looking forward to meeting you there if you're attending, Time Manipulation will be on display at the Guru Drums booth, thanks to Andy Crosby. So come and visit us!
My page at The UK Drum Show
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10 Examples from Section 7

The book includes many examples with audio.
Here are 10 of the implied metric modulation examples from Section 7.


Cross-Rhythmic Exercise in 7/8 - 2

  • 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.

Cross-Rhythmic Exercise in 7/8 - 1

  • 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.

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 of 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 3:2 polyrhythm. Additionally it sounds good!

Time Manipulation - Section 4 - Beat Displacements

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 is 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.

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.