This is a page off of Pete Magadini’s classic book, Polyrhythms. As I get older, I have gotten increasingly hip to layering counter rhythms in my playing as opposed to fast 32nd note hand/foot licks, though I also truly appreciate the ability to pull off the latter. This year, I aim to deepen my knowledge of polyrhythms and find many creative ways to express different layers of rhythms in my grooves, fills, and solos.
The inspiration for this comes from great drummers like Ginger Baker, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Tony Allen, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Stewart Copeland. Pete Magadini’s Polyrhythms is probably still the best instructional method out there to develop control over this concept. It’s also a fine tool to help you strengthen your inner clock as you learn to shift to and fro and relate all rhythms of differing meters to a common pulse. That way, I can expand my vocabulary and am able to take on more complex forms of music both with greater competence and confidence.