The Music Rhythm Series

Music Rhythm Series

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The Music Rhythm Series

The Music Rhythm Series instills solid musicianship by improving reading skills and learning an array of rhythmic styles and situations.

They may not know it, but many students really need to work with the rhythms found in The Music Rhythm Series  Bundle And they often think that the The Music Rhythm Series  is just about sight reading.  But it is a lot more than that, including the following:

  • 1. Learning to play all common rhythms.
  • 2. Learning to sight read all common rhythms.
  • 3. Increasing the speed at which you can recognize AND PLAY these rhythms.
  • 4. Rhythms Volumes 6-12 add in an ear training element.
  • 5. Teaching your eye to read ahead of the music by using the “Beat Reading” concept which is explained later in this email.

To explain #3: There are certain tempos that you need to play at when reading music.  For instance if you were a rock or jazz player you need to be able to read, feel and perform the rhythms found in Rhythms Volume One at a half note equals 120 BPM.  This is because 120 BPM is a common up tempo for so many styles of music especially rock and jazz.

Another virtue of working with rhythms and ear training: When you have trouble hearing a note with one note ear training, sometimes students think it is helpful to listen to the note in question along with a constant drone.  (For instance singing the note in question as a long sound over a MetroDrone.)  While that does help, it is far more effective and useful to sing the note in question in various rhythms, because your mind registers each rhythm you sing as a new event.  The more your mind hears a new event the more likely it is to remember it.

I’m sure it’s the same where you live, but in all the major cities in the USA the people who are the best readers are the folks who get most of the work.  I have all my student work on the following from The Music Rhythm Series :

  • 1.  Rhythms Volume 1-3 so that they have all common rhythms together.
  • 2.  Rhythms Volumes 4-5 which are 3/4 studies, working on playing each exercise with 1 beat per measure.
  • 3.  Rhythms Volumes 6-12 for both those that have issues with hearing certain notes with one note ear training.  For example, this does a great job fixing “b6” which is a note that is typically difficult to hear and retain.

Get Gigs with The Music Rhythm Series

I’ve gotten lots of gigs because of my ability to read the rhythms found in The Music Rhythm Series . Guitar players are notoriously bad sight readers, as are bassists.  If you can read at a professional level you will get a lot more work over the long haul.  For instance, I do have a few of my students who are rock guitarists working through The Music Rhythm Series.  I just got one of them a gig in a touring Broadway musical paying $1500 USD a week plus expenses.

I should also mention that with the Rhythms Volume One from The Music Rhythm Series  there are also “swing” MP3s for the first 10 pages.  Students who haven’t played or listened to much blues or jazz usually have a hard time “getting” the feel.  These MP3s from the Rhythms Volume One from The Music Rhythm Series will really help a student play the first 10 pages with the right feel.  The MP3s are at 10 different tempos so even a beginner can get started with this.

I also have students work with the “beat reading” concept which is like speed reading for music.  You can find information on beat reading in the free member’s area click on the “Help Files for Rhythm.” It is contained in many books like the New York Guitar Method Ensemble Volume One. This book is an excellent place for students to start to working on their sight reading if they are an intermediate student.

Bruce Arnold Music Education Genealogy Chart

You might enjoy checking out the “Music Education Genealogy Chart” located on my artist’s site. You will clearly see the historic progression of pedagogy that is the basis for Muse Eek Publishing Products. Great musicians throughout history have been studying the ideas presented by which derives its content from a a lineage that stretches back to Scarlatti!

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