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The Rhythm Bible Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004LGT6YK
- Publisher : Alfred Music (January 1, 2002)
- Publication date : January 1, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 9423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 130 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,908 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The text is very systematic. Working through rhythms in quarter,eighth, sixteenth notes etc. It spends a significant amount of time on triplets. Most of the book is devoted to a thorough examination of syncopation.
The book is almost entirely devoted to 4/4 rhythms. A few pages at the end cover odd time rhythms but it's no more than an introduction.
While the author does explain some of the finer points of music notation such as dotted notes, he does not provide an introduction to reading music and you will need a basic knowledge of Western music or percussion notation to use this book. Personaly I am used to a percussion notation scheme that is used for Middle Eastern drumming but it wasn't too difficult to pick up classical western notation.
The CD only contains the first track from each group of 10 exercises. I suggest using a rhythm generator program like Rhythm Rascal or Percussion Studio and entering the tracks into the software so you can play them.
My one complaint, like others here, is that binding is not high quality. This is not a read once and discard text. It's a book one uses for a lifetime. If I can find it in hard cover I will definitely buy it. I would have knocked off one star for the binding but the text itself is so good it gets five stars anyway
On the Print edition (5 stars):
Everyone usually recommends Modern Reading Text in 4/4 For All Instruments for learning to read rhythms. I have that book too, but this book is better because it comes with a CD that demonstrates some of the exercises in straight and swing time. I also like the fact that it has a bit more explanatory text and uses slightly more contemporary songs (for example, it will say something like: this rhythm is similar to the one used in Led Zeppelin's Kashmir)
On the Kindle edition (2 stars):
- You don't get the CD.
- The exercises are scanned images, so it doesn't scale well. I got this to use while traveling. Each page of this book has about 10 rhythm exercises. Unfortunately, Amazon has scanned this in a way where sometimes each exercise is an image, and sometimes all 10 exercises are an image. In practice, the images don't look very good on a Kindle (I have a 4th generation basic version). The notes are pretty small and the notes appear more like grayscale than like a dark black color. You can sort of rotate the image to make it bigger sometimes. I'm a little disappointed in the quality of the transfer.
I also can read this book on my smartphone, which is slightly better, because it supports zooming. However, the Kindle app has a few bugs - if you want to zoom in on a page that has two images, it will always only zoom in on the first image and not the second. You can get around this by rotating your phone and putting it into landscape mode, which usually, but not always, leave only one image on the screen. Then you can zoom in and use pinch to zoom to really see the images.
Top reviews from other countries
But the problem with this book is that it doesn't come with a CD....every single exercise in the book has a CD reference...!!!!!!
I must have missed this when I bought it and it really BUGGED me that to get the most out of the book I need to buy a CD at an extra £9. As a musical student you need the CD for reference unless you are amazing already or have a teacher.
Each page of 10-ish exercise slowly builds your reading up, and they are actually quite fun to do. There is no melody involved - the rhythms are all single tone - the emphasis is purely on getting you counting.
I now go through awkward Jazz standards with my metronome for fun, counting out how it should actually be played.
You will need the CD and you will need to buy the CD separately - don't start moaning, claiming you were ripped off and giving the review 2 less stars because you missed the fact the CD is sold separately. The whole package is about £20 - if someone said i will get you counting for £20 what would your answer be?
Excellent resource - i wish it was around back in the day when i started out.
Apparently there are 2 editions with a serial number denoting which has a cd , both are printed on the book.
That said , clear,concise and exactly what is needed to work through rythms and improve sight reading and timing .
Only downside? The binding of my copy was poor. Within a few days the early pages have been coming completely loose. A resoruce like this deserves a proper quality binding, especially as it is the type of book which will come in for heavy practical use (i.e. opening and using every day for a protracted period of time).