One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This workshop is focused on concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. Written examples will be provided of various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and how to superimpose patterns over the most common meters and forms. This ear training is essential to develop recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, will enable new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples will be shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome!
Jon Arkin has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians since receiving his degree from the University of Miami. Credits include Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Dayna Stephens and others.