The broad field of rhythm has for a long time been covered in a constrained way in the otherwise highly developed area of music education. Because of this, the prevailing opinion, even today, is that “you either have rhythm or you don’t”.
Throughout my many years in education in the area of rhythm, I have come to the conclusion that you can develop yourself just as much through dealing with rhythm in general way as well as in using this knowledge in practice as you can through instrumental-technical or harmonic training.
The aim of this rhythm course is to broaden the rhythmical awareness of the reader. However, the knowledge of this book only becomes accessible when you use it in practice: it is a practice and workbook, not necessarily just a book to read. It is split up into three parts:
In the first part, you will learn the basics necessary for a general understanding of rhythmical relationships, like reading music, time signatures, micro time, working with a metronome, counting and others.
The second part deals in detail with binary and ternary rhythms. Here, the most important uses of the metronome will also be covered, like all binary and ternary standard figures which allow you to play reliably and confidently from music.
In the 8th chapter, the different binary and ternary levels of half time and double time are presented, which are used above all in improvisation in rock, pop and jazz.
Finally, the third part of this course is dedicated to polyrhythm.
This course is based on the idea that you can only successfully work on your rhythmic technique if you have the opportunity to check yourself. From my experience, the best way to do this is by using a metronome as a control.
If you are able to complete the exercises in this course as described, you will definitely be able to improve your rhythmical feeling immensely. Then it is no longer necessary to always practice with a metronome.
The aim is therefore to train by checking to improve rhythmical security and independence until you are able to do without the metronome completely.
This book is available in German only.
A musical workbook for instrumentalists, singers and dancers in classical, rock, pop and jazz
Eddy Marron (1938-2013) was a professor of concert guitar and rhythmics at the University for Music in Cologne and also worked at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1990, he brought the first book about this topic to the German market with ‘Die Rhythmik-Lehre.
The book is divided into three parts. Part one concentrates itself on the basics of rhythm (notation, meter, dynamics, metronome). In the second part, readers are explained the differences between binary and ternary rhythm. A sub-chapter on double-time and half-time introduces the reader to improvisation which is used in rock, pop and jazz music. The practical work of Eddy Marron as a jazz musician, who played with Jochen Bauer, ‘Vita Nova’ and Peter Giger in ‘Dzyan’, is reflected here.
Part 3 introduces the reader to the complexity of polyrhythm. With the help of 200 exercises, the reader is able to internalise the increasingly difficult drills with hands, feet and a metronome and, in doing so, coordinate the different rhythms. The aim of all the exercises in this book is that you test yourself with the help of a metronome and achieve rhythmical certainty and independence, so that in the end you can do without the metronome completely.
This well-structured book allows dancers, singers and instrumentalists from all areas to achieve a certain expertise in rhythm. Together with ‘The New Harmony Book’ by Frank Haunschild, who also appeared as co-author in ‘Die Rhythmik-Lehre’, readers develop a fundamental knowledge which they can use to capably continue their musical career.
Ist part: the rhythmical basics
1st chapter: the basic rhythmical terms
2nd chapter: the metronome
3rd chapter: the basics of rhythm
2nd part: binary and ternary
4th chapter: the pyramid
5th chapter: the two main subdivisions
6th chapter: binary
7th chapter: ternary
8th chapter: double time and half time
3rd part: polyrhythm
9th chapter: polyrhythms and time changes
Eddy Marron, born in 1938, has been a professional musician since he was 20 years old. In 1968 he graduated from his studies in concert guitar at the state University for Music in Heidelberg-Mannheim. In 1971, he founded his own music school in Mannheim and later led a jazz workshop in Darmstadt. He has been a lecturer for guitar in Cologne since 1981. Eddy moved to the Netherlands in 1976, where he was also a lecturer for guitar and rhythm at the Royal University for Music in The Hague. He died on the 6th of February 2013.