Rhythms Volume Four by Bruce Arnold
Rhythms Volume Four gives you concentrated exercises eighth note exercises in a 3/4 time signature.
Rhythms Volume Four is one of the most in-depth studies of highly syncopated eighth note rhythms within a 3/4 time signature you can get. The downloadable midi files make this a really smart way to master hard rhythms within the 3/4 meter.
3/4 is probably the most used time signature besides 4/4 so don’t overlook this important aspect of your rhythm skills.
Here are a few examples of classic songs that use the 3/4 time signature:
- “Lucky Man” by Emerson Lake Palmer
- “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor
- “Always with You, Always with Me” by Joe Satriani
- “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
- “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
- “You Light Up My Life” by Joseph Brooks
- “A House With No Curtains” by Alan Jackson
- “Andalusia” by Joe Satriani
- “A Wolf At The Door” by Radiohead
- “Alcohol” by Brad Paisley
- “Alibis” by Tracy Lawrence
Bruce Arnold says to practice the 3/4 exercises but also play the exercises along with the above mentioned songs to gain new insights into the rhythmic structures of these tunes.
Understand these songs’ rhythmic structure and be able to play them in a very natural way by playing through exercises found in Rhythms Volume Four. You can do all of this with 10 minutes of practicing a day.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I feel my rhythm is weak when playing chords or trying to groove with other musicians?
- When I have to read music are many of the mistakes I make related to rhythm?
- Do I have a tendency to speed up or slow down when I play or read music?
- Do I lack rhythmic diversity when I’m soloing or writing music?
- When I’m transcribing music do I find it hard to figure out rhythms?
- If someone shows me a rhythm do I have a hard time duplicating the sound?
- Is it hard for me to translate the rhythms I hear into rhythmic notation?
- Do I have a hard time getting a musical flow happening when I’m playing or improvising?
- Do I know in a general way what rhythm level is being played when I’m listening to or playing music?
All of these problems can be symptoms of poor rhythmic skills. This can cause you not to perform well, get lost when playing music and not be connected in meaningful way to the music you are listening to or playing. Remember that very time signature requires a different set of skills. Just because you can play in the common time signature of 4/4 doesn’t mean you will easily play 3/4. Rhythms Volume Four is one of the best ways to help you improve this time signature by playing through the exercises.
Don’t forget Pitch and Rhythm are the two crucial aspects of modern music:
People pick up on rhythmic inaccuracies very quickly. Don’t let the 3/4 time signatures be beyond your reach or create an embarrassing situation where you find out in a very public way that you can’t play these crucial time signatures. 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 Rhythms Volume Four is the perfect book for you.
If you are just getting started with Rhythm get Rhythm Primer first but if you know how to read rhythms and just want to hone your skills with the popular time signatures of 3/4 then this book is for you. It will give you:
- 168 pages of exercises to develop your 3/4 skills.
- Graduated exercises that slowly get harder as you go.
- Exercises using just one pitch so you can really concentrate on learning the rhythms
- Downloadable free audio examples of each exercise in the form of midi files. Midi files allow you to control the tempo of the exercise making it the perfect 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 Four helps you develop this sense by giving you targeted exercises so that you can master these rhythms and understand their various idiosyncrasies.
Develop an overall understanding of how rhythm is organized.
Rhythms Volume Four and the whole Rhythm Series of books (16 books in all) develop your rhythmic skills to a high level. Rhythms Volume Four 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.
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 Four 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.
- Additional Information:
- Digital Edition ISBN: 978-1-59489-604-0
- Physical IBSN: 978-1-59489-943-0
- 168 pages with additional free midi files available in our member’s area. Digital version comes packaged with midifiles
Get started with Rhythms Volume Four today and start expressing those fast rhythms you have always wanted to play!
A digital download of Rhythms Volume Four is also available in this bundle:
- What people are saying:
- Rhythms Volume Four and Five are great for getting your 3/4 rhythms together. I’ve always had a hard time at faster tempos plus I was never positive that I was playing accurately, so the midi files are a total game changer! I can start at the tempo I am comfortable with and work till I really get it precise before I speed it up. R. McManus
- Highly recommend muse eek’s rhythm series it’s really well organized and gives you a direction and a method to improve rhythmic ability. M. Sharpton
- I’m a guitarist and not only had problems playing chords in 3/4 but soloing was a mess.Bruce recommended Rhythms Volume Four and Rhythms Volume Five as a way to improve my 3/4 jazz playing. Bruce told me to read the exercises using a straight eighth and swing feel He also told me to record chord progressions for standards like “Someday My Prince will Come” and play the exercises over the chords. Then he suggested that I pick out one or two measures and have that be the rhythm for the chords that I would play through various 3/4 standards. I’d recommend trying some of these ideas to anyone with similar problems. They did wonders for me. W. Shapiro
- Bruce Arnold recommended these books to use with Rhythms Volume Four
- What should I work on after Rhythms Volume Four?