Rhythmelodic -- Mastering the Tables of Time, Vol. I (AV Companion)

Introduction to Volume I

Chapter 1 ~ Musical

Chapter 2 ~ 4-Way

Chapter 3 ~ Selected
Rudimental Variations

Chapter 4 ~ Abstract
Timetable Studies

Chapter 5 ~ Basic
Polyrhythms & Hemiola

Chapter 6 ~ Contemporary
Backbeat Grooves

Chapter 7 ~ Modern
Jazz Grooves

Chapter 8 ~ Soloing

Introduction to Volume II


The FREE audio, video, and printable resources presented here serve as a means to hear and see the concepts presented in Mastering the Tables of Time, Volume I. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the downloadable files in PDF format. If you don't have the software, you can download the Acrobat Reader free from Adobe.

Chapter by Chapter

Each chapter begins with a bit of perspective on the topic of study. Recognizing what the function of any given subject is helps to understand why it is important. Click on the menu to the left to hear and see audio and video demonstrations of each chapter's topic of study, including FREE downloadable Web Exclusive supplemental study pages!

WATCH Improve Your Groove, Part 1 - a FREE video demonstration introducing an overview that illustrates musical timekeeping concepts, better heard than read, for real time implementation of the studies in the book.

Proceed to Chapter 4 of the Audio & Video Companion to WATCH Improve Your Groove, Part 2 - a FREE video demonstration that continues the focus on musical timekeeping, and expands on concepts introduced in Chapter 4.

Downloadable Click Tracks Part One

In practice, each section of any timetable should be played repeatedly, until it is comfortable in time, feel, and dynamic balance, before going on to the next section. Use a metronome for reference, to be sure you're locked in 100%. Next play the same things again without one, to help internalize the feeling. Record yourself and study the playbacks objectively, focusing on your time and feel.

In performance, keep in mind that the more "dense" subdivisions (like 16ths and 32nds) work best at slower tempos. The more spacious note values (half, quarter and 8th notes) are easier to play at faster tempos. This practical knowledge is useful for applying any examples in the book to musical phrasing at any tempo.

If you do not have access to a metronome, a variety of click tracks are provided below for accompaniment when practicing the timetables.

The click tracks ultilized here are purposely simple, with no variance of pitch or voice, so that they will work for any timetable in any time signature presented in the book.

The first series of click track examples focus on Largo to Adagio (slow) Tempi (from 40-60 bpm), to build a strong foundation for all subdivisions presented. Each example is roughly five minutes in length. Click on a tempo to hear it.

40 bpm
50 bpm
60 bpm

The second series of click track examples focus on Andante through Moderato to Allegretto (moderately slow to moderately fast) Tempi (from 72-120 bpm), and are examples of some common performance tempos.

72 bpm
84 bpm
96 bpm
108 bpm
120 bpm

It is also recommended you check out the Web site Metronome Online, for a free, handy, and wide-ranging tempo resourse.

All content presented 2008 David Stanoch/Rhythmelodic.