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Polymetric Listening Exercise

I've been doing some clinics lately and each time I talk about the strange pieces of music I would program so I could walk around listening to various polymetric relationships. Those audio files have been lost due to crashed hard drives over the years, so I thought it would be fun to put something together for your listening enjoyment (and study). This audio has a 3:4:5:7 polymetric relationship happening in it. You will hear various sounds taking on the roles of each of the note groupings. First, you will hear the 3-note grouping, then the 4-note grouping gets added, then the fives, then the 7's. After a little while I add in some pitches to reinforce each of the polymeters,...

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We have a winner!

Allow me to introduce the very first DrumMantra Ambassador in the world, Mr. Jim Barclay! You may remember me mentioning that anyone that takes the DrumMantra3030 course gets six months from the beginning of the course to master what has become known infamously as "Day 30".  Upon successful completion & video proof of "Day 30," the participant is titled a DrumMantra Ambassador and receives a custom beater by Low Boy Beaters! (It took me 6 weeks to complete the Day 30. I think it took Jim half that.)  Here is DrumMantra Ambassador, Jim Barclay. Jim is a professional drummer living in Chicago. He studied at the University of North Texas (we were classmates there). Jim has gone on to have a successful playing...

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Drum Set Modification - Rhythmic Melodies III, Foundational Series

 If you own the Foundational Series Book, you have most likely experienced the section at the end of each chapter called "Rhythmic Melodies". These 4-measure long melodic phrases are comprised of the rhythmic information from the "meditation" section that precedes the Rhythmic Melodies. The purpose of the Rhythmic Melodies is to create a framework for understanding phrasing in various time signatures. There are quite a few applications and exercises in the book, but I wanted to begin presenting some more advanced drum set oriented modifications for people who are ready to go a little deeper with the book. The modification here is from the final section of The Foundational Series. The time signature is 5/4, which allows for the 5:4 polymetric relationship....

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Free DrumMantra Low Boy Beater!

Ok. Here's the deal...  I want you to be great. I want you to have a deeper understanding of how time functions. I want you to be comfortable with phrasing in odd time signatures. I want you to know what a polymeter is and how it functions.  The only way to gain these qualities is through dedicated practice, and I have discovered the best way to have dedicated practice is to create a course that outlines what that dedicated practice should look like. I wrote the DrumMantra Books for myself. I wrote them so I could study concepts that I was beginning to discover but didn't quite have a full grasp of yet. Some of the exercises that I was...

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The 5:4 Polymetric Relationship, An Exercise.

I get a lot of messages about creating exercises that will highlight, expose, or bring to light concepts having to do with coordination about polyrhythms and polymeters. I decided to start making some mini-lessons on these topics so everyone could have some things to work on without being too overwhelming. What we are going to work on today is a "polymeter," not a "polyrhythm," and we are going to focus on fives. Why?  For starters, I love polymeters and I only mildly like polyrhythms. Ha! That's not entirely true, but I will say that to me, polymeters are much more accessible coordination-wise, they have a deeper groove, and they are more practical & functional (again, to me) than polyrhythms. Secondly, fives...

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