Peter Magadini’s Polyrhythms – A Musician’s Guide is celebrating its 50th anniversary in print in 2017. To mark this occasion, Hal Leonard has recently released a second edition of the title ($19.99) featuring online audio examples that include playback tools such as tempo adjustment and looping capabilities.
Written for instrumentalists and vocalists alike, this book contains excellent solos and exercises that feature polyrhythmic concepts. Topics covered include 6 over 4, 5 over 4, 7 over 4, 3 over 4, 11 over 4, and other rhythmic ratios; combining various polyrhythms; polyrhythmic time signatures; and much more. The audio includes demos of the exercises and is available online using the unique code in each book.
Peter Magadini (January 25, 1942) is an American jazz drummer, percussionist, educator and author of multiple books on drumming and drum technique. Magadini has recorded and performed with Diana Ross, Bobbie Gentry, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Don Menza, John Handy, and Mose Allison. Magadini is widely known for his interest and expertise in polyrhythms as applied in western music and drum set. Originally inspired by his studies with tabla player Mahapurush Misra in 1966, he has published two major works on the subject: Polyrhythms for the Drumset and Polyrhythms: The Musicians Guide (first published in two volumes in 1967). In 2012, he published The Official 26 Polyrhythm Rudiments.
Polyrhythms – A Musician’s Guide is available from music and bookstores or directly from Hal Leonard.