Contemporary Rhythms Volume One: Sight Reading Exercises

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9781890944278: Contemporary Rhythms Volume One: Sight Reading Exercises

In order to be prepared to read through any piece of music, the serious musician must be able to recognize, read and play rhythms fluidly. This volume concentrates on eight note rhythms and is a thesaurus of rhythmic patterns. Each exercise uses one pitch which allows the student to focus completely on time and rhythm. Exercises use modern innovations common to twentieth century notation, thereby familiarizing the student with the most sophisticated systems likely to be encountered in the course of a musical career. All exercises can be downloaded from the internet to facilitate learning. Muse-eek also features a FAQ section where students can direct questions that may arise as they work to the author, and which are generally answered within two days This book is a required text at the New York University and Princeton University Music departments.

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The course of study presented in this book assumes that the reader has intermediate to advanced knowledge of music. With any course of study questions arise, therefore Muse-eek presents a forum where relevant questions will be answered by the author. Please visit the publisher's website at first and check the FAQ section for this book to see if your question has already been answered. If not, use the form on the website to e-mail your questions.

Volume One of Contemporary Rhythms looks at the notation methods of contemporary music. Composers in the last 100 years have departed from the traditional method of notating rhythms. This in turn has created a situtation where you may find a rhythm you know but you don't recognize it because of the notation used. Obviously, it is important to learn to recognize these alternative notations to improve your sight reading ability.

Although some of the notations presented for rhythms in this book are unusual it is important that you familiarize yourself with these alternate notation methods. Let's first take a quick look at how this modern notation differs from traditional.

The imaginary bar line is commonly used to divide music in 4/4 into two equal groups. If you look at example 1 you will see that it is difficult to see where the 3rd beat of the measure begins. In example 4 an imaginary bar line has been added making the beginning of the 3rd beat clear.

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Practicing is more productive and far more fun when you have the help of a tireless friend; in this case your computer. These books are the first of their kind, using the internet as a teaching tool. All the written exercises provided have audio counterparts which can be downloaded from the Internet. Mr. Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and these books are the result of seventeen years of experience. He has observed his student's most common musical problems, elicited their input, and the results are the Bruce Arnold Series of Music Workbooks, addressing both harmonic and rhythmic issues. These books are geared to the seriously dedicated musician, whether beginning or professional, and will provide a lifetime's worth of study and inspiration.

We are very excited about Mr. Arnold's innovative instruction series. We believe that this series of books will help more students and professional musicians to perfect their technique and reading skills through the use of an interactive "practice partner." We know of no other books to compare with them; they are truly a teaching method for the New Millennium!

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Contemporary Rhythms Volume One is a breakthrough in music instruction, using the internet as a teaching tool! This book is for any instrumentalist seeking to develop their understanding of rhythms. This volume concentrates on eighth note rhythms and common contemporary notations. All examples use one pitch, allowing the student to focus completely on time and rhythm. Midifiles for all exercises can be downloaded for free from the internet. Free midifile players for Mac and IBM computers are also available at this site. These Midifile players will allow you to choose your own tempo. This book is recommended for intermediate to advanced students.

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