Rhythmic Perception: A Primer

Rhythmic Perception; A Primer is a series of DrumMantra exercises designed to develop awareness, comfort, and mastery of the 3:4 polymetric relationship.

The series builds on itself in difficulty, starting with the very basic concept of polymeters & polyrhythms, then moving into all 2-limb combinations, then 3-limb, and ultimately a full 4-limb independence groove study with lots of rhythmic permutations in each limb.

This series is perfect for an intermediate to advanced player who wants to fine-tune their skills, and it's even accessible to a beginner who is committed to diving in and getting serious about progressive rhythmic concepts.

The underlying purpose of the DrumMantra is to discover a deeper level of balance, coordination, internal time, creativity, and musicality through polymeric exercises that are played repetitively for long durations of time. The exercises act as aural & physical “mantras” which require focus and discipline, while at the same time requiring relaxation and calmness.

On a practical level, these aren’t necessarily “licks for your next gig”, but rather a system of developing an underlying comfort and awareness of rhythms that carry you beyond the barline, and beyond the norm. With a deeper sense of rhythm, and the ability to play more complex patterns, you will be able to express your creativity in a more relaxed and rhythmically deeper way.

The goal is to stay focused on the main pulse. Let it sink into your muscle memory to the point that you are FEELING the groove, as well as being aware of the secondary rhythm. Push beyond the intellectual “I understand the concept, so I’m good” stage and go to the level of the soul, where you actually feel the time, not just think the time.

How does it work? what does it feel/sound like between various limbs? How many ways or perspectives can we look at this relationship?

Discover some deeper meanings to a simple rhythmic relationship and expand your inner awareness of time, groove, feel, and rhythm with this 9 part video series!