“The subject of rhythmic motivic development is often neglected in most jazz education courses. This book goes a long way towards remedying that. The material is laid out in a lucid, articulate and thorough manner, and should give the student the tools he or she needs to progress in this important area.” – Ben Monder
There are three main elements of music: Harmony, Melody and Rhythm. These three items form the foundation of modern music, which has some combination of time/pulse, harmonic content such as chords/chord progressions and/or melody.
Now, think to yourself, what order do you place these items when you are in the practice room?
When I ask this question in workshops, no matter what country I’m in, the answer is always the same. Harmony, Melody, then Rhythm. But, is this the best way to organize our practice time and place focus on the bandstand?
After teaching jazz and other improvised music for almost 20 years, I have realized that many of the students I work with struggle with time and rhythm. Even though they understand and can apply all of the harmonic and melodic material in the correct way, their rhythmic control, interest and application is not up to par with their lines, chords and phrases.
For this reason, I have always put a strong focus on rhythmic material with my students, as well as in my own practice room as I have continued to develop as a player. And after teaching this material privately for many years, I have brought these lessons and exercises together into one book for the first time, “Modern Time: Rhythmic Fundamentals for the Improvising Musician.”
The book’s focus is to help you develop a solid understanding of how rhythms and rhythmic groupings work; how they can be manipulated and expanded as well as how to apply all of this knowledge to your own playing.
Each concept is presented in an easy to understand fashion, and is accompanied by multiple exercises that focus on developing your control of rhythmic material from both a technical and improvisational standpoint.
This book was a labor of love for me as I love to work on rhythmic material and to teach it to my private students. I hope you enjoy working through the book as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.
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“This is a terrific book by one of the best teachers I know of, on one of the most important and often overlooked elements of jazz improvisation – rhythm! Matt takes you on a well organized, progressive and creative journey right from the most fundamental rhythmic concepts through advanced rhythms and concepts that are the heart of improvised music today. An absolutely essential book to check out.” – Canadian Guitar Virtuoso Roddy Ellias
“Matt Warnock’s handsome new book presents the basic elements of rhythm, then offers systematic approaches to developing and manipulating rhythmic motives, accents, and groupings. He also touches upon underlying rhythmic grooves for a variety of latin rhythms. The book is systematic, logical, and developmental – allowing one to apply progressively more sophisticated concepts.
Matt starts with the premise that there are three main elements of music: Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm. Anybody with a heartbeat has a concept of rhythm, many people have a concept of melody and can sing or hum common tunes, but usually only trained musicians understand harmony. This fact suggested to Matt that we change the way we think about the three elements and how we organize them into our practice routines: focusing first on Rhythm, then Melody and Harmony.
Sharpening the focus on Rhythm promotes a stronger role for rhythmic development, and simultaneously allows one to place the element that reaches most people at the forefront of one’s playing. I enjoy the clarity with which Matt organizes small chunks of musical ideas into non-intimidating and attainable practice routines.” – John Stein (Associate Professor of Harmony Berklee College of Music)
“Wow, …another valuable tome of information. I always keep an eye on Matthew Warnock’s constant quality output. You learn quickly because there’s just the right amount of information in each lesson which is easily retained in a short amount of time.” – Jack Grassel (Guitar One Magazine readers voted Jack one of the 10 best guitarists in America.)
“This book goes straight to the top of my practice routine.” – Nav Jhaj MattWarnockGuitar.com Reader
“‘Modern Time’ is the clearest explanation of rhythms I have come across. Unlike many other books that are just page after page of notation, each exercise in this book has a clear purpose and is thoroughly explained. Straight away useful and practical practice methods are introduced that keep the information relevant. After establishing a solid foundation in the basics the book steadily takes you along to more advanced rhythms, but never gets overwhelming. The accompanying audio tracks were also very useful to check that I was reading the notation correctly. This is an invaluable book for any musician wanting to expand their grasp of rhythms, highly recommended.’” – Jamie Holroyd (UK Based Jazz Guitarist and Teacher)