I’ll never forget the musical journey I pursued after checking out Gavin Harrison’s method book Rhythmic Perspectives. In one section, Harrison presents an in-depth study on multilayered polyrhythms and discusses hearing the groupings from each rhythm’s individual perspective. This particular chapter inspired me to explore four-layer polyrhythms—such as groupings of three, four, five, and seven played simultaneously—while trying to hear the pulse from each of the separate groupings’ perspectives.
Tooling with Perspectives
Shifting Feel in Real-World Settings