Eighty-two lessons of rhythm exercises, information, and short written worksheets. For group or private instruction. Specifically designed for winds, strings, and voice. The Rhythm Book helps students learn to perform the rhythm patterns they encounter in band, orchestra, choral, solo, and chamber music. The Rhythm Book teaches students to read rhythm not as individual notes but as groups of notes—known as rhythm cells or rhythm chunks. Each exercise in The Rhythm Book teaches a new cell and reviews cells already learned. Once introduced, each rhythm cell recurs throughout the rest of the book—in other words, spiral learning is used. The speech cue method is used throughout. It introduces most new rhythms not on a fixed syllable, but on a carefully selected word. This method makes it easier for students to learn and remember each rhythm cell. Each exercise is designed to be sung or played on an instrument. For vocalists and players of wind instruments, phrases are short enough to permit proper breathing. For string players, bowings are added when necessary. 54 pages. Coil spiral binding that lays flat.
With The Rhythm Book, you will...
- Master the rhythm patterns you perform in band, and orchestra, choir—and in solo and chamber music.
- Learn to read rhythm not as individual notes but as groups of notes—known a rhythm cells or rhythm chunks.
- Perform exercises designed to teach you new cells and review cells you have already learned—using "spiral learning."
- Use the speech cue method—learn new rhythms not on a fixed syllable (such as "ta"), but on a specially selected word.
- Sing or play an instrument. (For vocalists and wind instruments: phrases are short enough for proper breathing. For string players: bowings are added when necessary).
8.5" x 11"
Reviews from the United States and Abroad
"The Rhythm Book is clear and concise, characteristics common to other publications of Mr. Kazez, both articles and books...[T]he book is strong in its thoughtfulness and thoroughness in presenting a compendium of lessons which are helpful for students at the beginning stage of learning both theory and sound relationships that form the basis of rhythm in traditional western music."
—Sheldon Atovsky, The Diapason
"Clearly organized, succinct and to the point... The Rhythm Book is an exemplary work that will be useful to teachers of all instruments everywhere."
—Scott McBride Smith American Music Teacher
"If any of your students have trouble reading rhythm, The Rhythm Book will solve the problems... a terrific book... contains one of the best explanations of compound meters I have ever encountered..."
—Mark Morton International Society of Bassists
"Rhythm is often the weaker element where music-reading is concerned, and this book is a thorough study of how to increase one's reading skills... The Rhythm Book is excellent, and there is plenty of food for thought and exercises for practice... I would heartily recommend this book for its carefully considered approach."
—Alyson Lewin Recorder Magazine
"The Rhythm Book...focuses on the rhythm encountered in band, orchestral, choral, solo and chamber music... The material will improve players of any persuasion."
—Mark Gilbert Jazz Journal International
"Designed to help students learn to perform rhythm patterns... The Rhythm Book will be useful for [both] instrumental and vocal students."
—Jane Magrath Clavier
"The Rhythm Book is "very useful indeed, well ordered and presented... Kazez gradually unfolds his material in a logical fashion, allowing the student to assimilate rhythmic cells slowly and then re-use them in subsequent exercises."
—Chris Kilvington Classical Guitar