New Directions in Rhythm: Studies in 3/4 and 5/4 Jazz
Edition: 1st Edition
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Morello, Joe. New Directions in Rhythm: Studies in ¾ and 5/4 Jazz. Chicago, Illinois: Jomor Publications, 1963.
The purpose of this book is to learn and be comfortable with odd time signatures because, in the 1960’s, this was becoming more popular in jazz. The exercises in this book aren’t meant to be played exactly like this while in a band, but more for a “systematic development of coordination and a musical approach to playing in these different time signatures.” Morello also wrote this book to answer many requests from students and professionals on how he uses the drum set. Someone who studies from this book should already know the basic fundamentals of the instrument. All in all, “this extensive study is to develop complete control of ride cymbal, bass drum, hi-hat and left hand so as to be able to play any combination of these rhythms at will with a natural feel.”
Table of Contents
About the Author
How to Use This Book
Basic Ride Cymbal Variations in ¾
Bass Drum Rhythms
Developing Independence in ¾
Application of Hi-Hat Variation to Musical Phrase
Adding the Left Hand
Application of Left Hand Variation to the Musical Phrase
Introduction to 5/4
Basic Ride Cymbal Variations to 5/4
5/4 Bass Drum Rhythms
5/4 Hi-Hat Rhythms
Adding the Left Hand in 5/4
I think this book is very useful for its purpose. The explanations are thorough and it goes through ride-cymbal rhythms, bass drum rhythms, and hi-hat rhythms individually and then starts developing independence. It’s a very step-by-step book and this process will have a successful outcome.
Review by Ashley Feist
Additional Study Materials
Books for Percussion by this Author
Morello, Joe. Master Studies: Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique. Fairfield, NJ: Modern Drummer Publications Inc., 1986.
Morello, Joe. Master Studies II: More Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique. Fairfield, NJ: Modern Drummer Publications Inc., 2006.
Morello, Joe. New Directions in Rhythm: Studies in 3/4 and 5/4 Jazz. Chicago IL.: Jomor, 1963.