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Rhythmic Emotion -A Masterclass in Applying Tension-and-Release to Your Drumming

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Aaron Edgar
May 1, 2020

Metric Modulation

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by Aaron Edgar
Jan 31, 2020

Rhythmic Design with Your Eyes

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by Aaron Edgar
Dec 27, 2019

Rhythmic Problem Solving

We can use a similar approach to isolate any type of rhythm or concept by creating our own systems specific to whatever we’re working on.

by Aaron Edgar
Nov 25, 2019

A New Perspective on Polyrhythms, Part 2

The easiest way to create a five-over-two polyrhythm is to play quintuplet single strokes across two different surfaces.

by Aaron Edgar
Oct 29, 2019
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A New Perspective on Polyrhythms, Part 1

The easiest way to think about a two-over-five polyrhythm is that you have two equally spaced notes across five beats.

by Aaron Edgar
Sep 30, 2019

Septuplet Linear Patterns

The most fun thing about linear concepts is that almost any pattern you play can be modified in multiple ways.

by Aaron Edgar
Aug 26, 2019

Quintuplet Linear Patterns

Adding Some Funk to Odd Groupings

by Aaron Edgar
Jul 31, 2019

The Hi-Hat Foot’s Voice

For a lot of drummers, though, the hi-hat foot can get neglected and might be the most difficult limb to work on.

by Aaron Edgar
Jun 28, 2019

Mobile Madness

When I first started exploring odd rhythms while coming up, the tools available to help were virtually nonexistent.

by Aaron Edgar
May 29, 2019

Glitched Beats

Diving Deep into Displacements

by Aaron Edgar
Apr 30, 2019

The Duality of 16th-Note Meters

Time signatures such as 15/16, 17/16, and 29/16 can bring out anxiety in drummers who aren’t familiar with them. The truth of the matter is that they’re only slightly different from quarter-or 8th-note meters, which are far more common.

by Aaron Edgar
Mar 27, 2019
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Music As A Game

In his book Effortless Mastery, jazz pianist, composer, and author Kenny Werner wrote, “Don’t forget: Music is something we just made up. It doesn’t actually exist as anything but a game for us.”

by Aaron Edgar
Feb 27, 2019

“Golden Measures” and Fibonacci Rhythms

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by Aaron Edgar
Jan 30, 2019
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