Pure Rhythm


Rhythm Cycles and Polymetric Patterns for
Instrumentalists, Percussionists, Composers and Music Educators

 (112 page book + digital audio file companion)

Excerpts from the Book
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"As open and generous as the author himself, Pure Rhythm is an excellent and essential introduction to world rhythms. Presented step by step in a clear, intelligent and systematic format, this is a long overdue classic in the field.”

John Zorn

"Pure Rhythm provides an excellent and useful tool for those who wish to advance their knowledge of rhythm."

Jack DeJohnette

"This book is a critical introduction to much of the important creative insight into the whole feeling of movement in music, with a strong implication of both regularity and differentiation.

I recommend this book highly for musicians, on all levels, as a means of nurturing their rhythmic creativity."

 Dr. Yusef Lateef

Pure Rhythm is an applied guide to the world of rhythm. Written in a clear user friendly, graphic notation, a vast number of traditional beat patterns, plus a remarkable array of innovative metric variations are presented in a step-by-step systematic format. The book offers an in depth training tool and reference book is for the instrumentalist, composer, percussionist, student and music educator who aims to expand and improve his or her understanding of rhythm and overall musicianship.  Over 140 Rhythms can also be heard on the audio files that accompany the text.


Excerpts from Pure Rhythm: 

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Preface - I
Acknowledgements - I
Introduction - II
Sounds and Notation Key - V
Reading the Notation - VI
Suggestions for Use:Rhythm Training for Percussionists and All Intrumentalists - VII
Suggestions for Use:Beginning and Intermediate Instrumentalists - X
Suggestions for Use:Composers and Advanced Instrumentalists - XII
Suggestions for Classroom Use - XV


Three and Two - 1
Four and Three - 4
Five,Ten and Twenty Beat Cycles - 7
Seven and Fourteen Beat Cycles - 17
Universal Mother Rhythm - 26
Nine and Eighteen Beat Cycles - 29
Eleven Beat Cycles - 40
Twelve Beat Cycles - 43
Thirteen Beat Cycles - 55
Fifteen Beat Cycles - 57
Twenty-one Beat Cycles - 61
Twenty-four Beat Cycles - 64
Thirty Beat Cycles - 65
Thirty-three Beat Cycles - 68
Thirty-five Beat Cycles - 71
Fifty-four Beat Cycles - 75
Sixty Beat Cycles - 76
Blue,Green,Red and Black - 78

Glossary - 84
About the Author - 86
Discography - 86



“Rhythm, whether organized in terms of strict metric cycles or loosely defined as the durations of notes and rests in a given composition, has often intrigued and challenged music analysts. In this book, Adam Rudolph, a consummate performer and composer who is well versed in a variety of musical styles, navigates through the expansive domain of world rhythm and leads us deftly into what we may call, the “rhythm world.” Here, a vast number of traditional beat patterns provide the groundwork for generating a remarkable array of metric variations and departures. Creative and imaginative, as well as exciting and mentally engaging, the approach makes the book and the accompanying audio material a tremendous training tool for music students and percussionists alike. The work is truly commendable.”

Ali Jihad Racy, Ph.D,. Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA



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