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Polyrhythms - A Musician's Guide

Peter Magadini's Polyrhythms - A Musician's Guide is acclaimed the world over and has been hailed by Modern Drummer magazine as "by far the best book on the subject" and "a very important contribution" by Gunther Schuller. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Hal Leonard has recently released a second edition of the title featuring online audio examples that include playback tools such as tempo adjustment and looping capabilities.

Written for instrumentalists and vocalists alike, this book contains excellent solos and exercises that feature polyrhythmic concepts. Topics covered include: 6 over 4, 5 over 4, 7 over 4, 3 over 4, 11 over 4, and other rhythmic ratios; combining various polyrhythms; polyrhythmic time signatures; and much more. The audio includes demos of the exercises and is accessed online using the unique code in each book.

Polyrhythms - A Musician's Guide is available from music and bookstores or online today through the Drummer Cafe!



Peter Magadini (January 25, 1942) is an American jazz drummer, percussionist, educator and author of multiple books on drumming and drum technique. Magadini has recorded and performed with Diana Ross, Bobbie Gentry, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Don Menza, John Handy and Mose Allison. Magadini is widely known for his interest and expertise in polyrhythms as applied in western music and drum set. Originally inspired by his studies with tabla player Mahapurush Misra in 1966, he has published two major works on the subject: Polyrhythms for the Drumset and Polyrhythms: The Musicians Guide, (first published in two volumes in 1967) which Modern Drummer magazine ranked 6th in their survey of "The 25 Best Drum Books." In 2012 he published The Official 26 Polyrhythm Rudiments.




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