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Time Perspectives: Part 1

This series of exercises will give you the opportunity to develop the ability to shift your perception from one time signature & tempo to another time signature and tempo in your mind without changing what you are doing physically on the instrument.  The coordination requirements with the limbs are minimal. It's all about the mind & your perception on this one. Enjoy!  MP3: [powr-music-player id=39b917c7_1506799674] PDF: [powr-file-embed id=30eda447_1506799441]

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Groove Meditation 4.1, Exercises 1-12

The Groove Meditations are exercises designed to develop 4-way independence and muscle memory with patterns that start off fairly simple and grow in difficulty over the course of the series. There are several "levels" to approaching these exercises. Reading the exercises on the page, getting the coordination together Making it through the playalong completely without losing your place (for instance, this particular series is a 5-bar phrase repeated eight times) Committing the exercise to memory (this can prove quite challenging, especially for the exercises toward the end of the series) Being able to go from one to the next in the "Full Series" play-along"  *The Full Series play-along is a new feature that I will be introducing across the board with all...

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Rhythmic Perception: A Primer. Part 1-9

In this series, we take a look at a very common rhythmic relationship of 4:3 and discuss the 4 different perspectives it can be looked at. We will discuss ways to count the various "angles" in the rhythmic relationship and to look at the various ways the subdivisions can be viewed as polyrhythms or polymeters. I've set this first video as part 1 of a primer for getting into rhythmic perception. Please get comfortable with counting this rhythmic relationship now so you are ready for Part 2. These exercises can certainly become a meditation of sorts if you concentrate and sit with them long enough. focusing on the counting, and focusing on the "external" rhythm will certainly require much of...

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Groove Meditation 3, Part 1

The DrumMantra® Groove Meditation #3 series is an in-depth look at four-way groove oriented coordination exercises.  Groove Meditation #3 is a five-measure long phrase of 4/4 time. There are thirty different groove exercises that will cover a spectrum of coordination practices.  Below is the video of the first 8 exercises:   Below is the complete PDF:  [powr-file-embed id=a4b167d4_1489625446] Below are the complete audio playalongs:    

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