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Rhythms Volume Two by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Bruce Arnold's Rhythms Volume Two

One of the best books on the market for developing sixteenth note syncopated rhythms.

Bruce Arnold says that sixteenth note rhythms are crucial for playing modern funk, rock and R & B, but sixteenth note grooves are also some of the hardest rhythms to play accurately. Finding material to develop this skill isn't easy and the midifiles that are downloadable for each exercise in Rhythms Volume Two really help you to develop a high level of accuracy.

Developing your sixteenth note groove is also essential for playing many popular tunes.

Here are a few examples of classic songs that use sixteenth note syncopation:

  • "Walk this way" by AeroSmith
  • "Let it Be" by The Beatles
  • "Over the hills and far away" by Led Zeppelin
  • "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors
  • "Brick House" by The Commodores
  • "Tell me Something Good" by Rufus and Chaka Khan
  • "Sweet Emotion" by AeroSmith
  • "Mista' Cool" by Brothers Johnson
  • "Do that Stuff" by Parliament
  • "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass
  • "Funny the Way it is" by Dave Matthews
  • "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang
  • "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
  • "Sweet Thing" by Rufus and Chaka Khan
  • "Beat it" by Michael Jackson
  • "Home" by Joe Satriani
  • "Car Wash" by Rose Royce
  • "As Tears go by" by The Rolling Stones
  • "Funk it" by Brothers Johnson
  • "All The Long" by Lionel Richie
  • "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder
  • "Kasmir" by Led Zeppelin

As you can see from the list above if you want to understand modern music you need to know sixteenth note rhythms. Take each exercise in Rhythms Volume Two and play it along with the aforementioned songs and you will really develop your sixteenth note skill. But the best part is IT'S FUN!!

Why is Rhythms Volume Two one of the best sixteenth notes books on the market?

Rhythms Volume Twotakes you through 120 pages of syncopated sixteenth note rhythms. This book covers all possible syncopations within one measure of 4/4 so you are sure to cover all the rhythms you might run into in modern music.

Sixteenth Note grooves are dance grooves. Get your audience up and dancing when you master these irresistible beats.

Traditionally sixteenth notes grooves have been the hardest for musicians to master. But if you just spend 10 minutes of practicing a day from Rhythms Volume Two you will see massive improvement in this very area.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel my rhythm falls apart when I playing sixteenth note grooves?
  • When I have to read sixteenth note charts to I get totally lost?
  • Do I have a tendency to speed up or slow down when I play sixteenth note rhythms?
  • Do I lack rhythmic diversity when I'm soloing or writing music that have a sixteenth note groove?
  • When I'm transcribing music do I find it hard to figure out rhythms?
  • If someone shows me a sixteenth note rhythm do I have a hard time duplicating the sound?
  • Is it hard for me to translate sixteenth note rhythms I hear into rhythm notation?
  • Do I have a hard time getting a musical flow happening when I'm playing or improvising with sixteenths?

Again sixteenth notes is one of the more difficult rhythmic levels, and many musicians have a problem with it. It's also one of the reasons that musicians may have a hard time playing fast. If you don't have a true concept of sixteenth notes you won't be able to play fast. Rhythms Volume Two contains some of the best ways to help you improve these aspects of your playing through targeted exercises. These will help you to:

  • Improve sixteenth note accuracy.
  • Develop a larger vocabulary of rhythms so that your aren't always playing the same few rhythms over and over.
  • Improve your speed.
  • Write out the rhythms if you are a composer wishing to publish your music.
  • Develop a more responsive interaction with your band members because you are able to react to their rhythmic phrasing.
  • Find the sixteenth note rhythms that cause you problems so that you can practice and master them before they trip you up when you are paying with others.

Don't forget, Pitch and Rhythm are two crucial aspects of modern music:

People pick up on rhythmic inaccuracies very quickly and because there are four sixteenths per beat it is even more obvious if you loss the beat. Don't put yourself into embarrassing situations where you find out in a very public way that you can't play a sixteenth note groove. Just a few minutes a day can solve this problem and give you the confidence that you can perform well.

If you have basic reading skills the Rhythms Volume Two is the perfect book for you.

If you are just getting started with Rhythm get the Rhythm Primer first but if you know how to read rhythms and just want to hone your skills with sixteenth notes then Rhythms Volume Two will give you:

  • 120 pages of exercises to develop your sixteenth note skills.
  • Exercises using just one pitch so you can really concentrate of learning the rhythms
  • Downloadable free audio examples of each exercise in the form of midifiles. Midifiles give you control over the tempo making it a perfect kind of file to use with these exercises.

Develop your rhythmic skills in a logical way.

Rhythm is commonly organized on four metric levels. It is imperative that you know these levels and the rhythms that are commonly played. Rhythms Volume Two helps you develop this sense by giving you targeted sixteenth note exercises that will get you in the groove.

Develop an overall understanding of how rhythm is organized.

Rhythms Volume Two and the whole Rhythm Series of books (16 books) develop your rhythmic skills to a high level. Rhythms Volume Two can be used by anyone who understands how to read basic rhythms. Of course advanced musicians can use it too because the speed of the exercises will determine the difficulty. You will attain the following skills by reading through this book:

  • Improved speed and accuracy.
  • A wider vocabulary of sixteenth note rhythms.
  • The ability to maintain the same tempo without speeding up or slowing down.
  • An understanding of how music is put together rhythmically.
  • Greater speed and accuracy in your playing
  • Ability to interact with other musicians on a deeper level.

Remember rhythmic accuracy is the key to having your listeners up and dancing and being totally engrossed in your music.

Our bodies respond to rhythmic accuracy and feel uncomfortable when it's not there. Rhythms Volume Two and the whole Rhythm series develops this accuracy through targeted exercises. Just a few minutes a day can develop these skills so don't put it off. Add a 10 minute exercise each day and have people rocking to your music in no time.

Get started with Rhythms Volume Two today and get your groove on!

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