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A Matter of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove Paperback – May 5, 2014
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In this brief but thorough book he takes us through an exploration of What is Rhythm, bring the ideas of resonance, language, pulse, the heart rate and the integration of all of this information into understanding the higher elements of meter, metronomic control (do we hear it of feel the pulse of it's beat?), the `rules' of music and how to overcome the external aspects and internalize them.
He includes his own philosophy of the difference between live performance and recorded music, how music enters the emotions, and how we ultimately connect with the rhythm/music of his chosen topic.
Lamb writes in a way that he wants us to understand his message - a technique sorely missing in other books that attempt to explain the magic of understanding the foundations of music. Lamb comes to this shared experience with a bachelor's degree in Music, Biology and Psychology and a Masters in Education focused on teaching rhythm. He is not only a teacher but he also has studied drumming and performs widely from his home location in Portland, Oregon. And, yes, he is a professional photographer which explains why the many beautiful images in this book are so additive. Grady Harp, June 13
First off, this may be written by a drummer, but it's intended for all musicians. What I love is the way this book focuses on seemingly simple concepts such as rhythm and time, then delves deeply into them and provides an explanation that covers not only the physical elements, but the psychological and physiological factors as well. Along the way Lamb defines and explains pulse, meter, groove and a number of other interrelated terms that we tend to use, but until I read this book did not realize that I was wrong. An example is what I thought was pulse turns out to be something different.
My first introduction to some of the concepts in this book was from a brief video segment by New Orleans drum legend Johnny Vidacovich. He was very aware of the same factors that Lamb explains in this book, but was not nearly as articulate or as thorough in explaining it. For years some of what Vidacovich discussed nagged at me. When I read this book it was like having a grand unification of all of the moving parts. Everything fell into place and I now have a clear understanding rhythm and time - and the constituent parts.
This book has helped me to be both a better drummer and musician by opening my mind to subtleties I can use to enhance music I am playing. One example is how I can greatly alter a groove just by playing slightly behind or ahead of the beat (or directly on it). I also came away with a clear understanding of how I can stretch or compress time to actually change the meaning of the music.Read more ›
A short read, easily understood - even by children, with a little explaining. Very informative with a unique layout. I don't usually read books that link to videos, we all enjoyed that!
The book isn't just about music theory, however. Rhythms are patterns, and these patterns cause our brains to resonate, in a process known as brain wave entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes neural activity. The author uses this phenomenon to explain why live music will always sound better than recorded music. He also explains the so-called Mozart Effect, where learning to play music improves seemingly unrelated mental skills.
Musicians and music students should get a better feel for their music by understanding the concept of rhythm and timing, but as someone with no music background whatsoever, I enjoyed the book and got a better understanding of why I enjoy some musical works better than others.
Note: the book includes a number of links to YouTube videos and other web links. My Kindle Paperwhite isn't capable of playing YouTube videos, so I had to use my PC to connect with these.
A review copy of the book was provided by the author.
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How is it that a book can get PUBLISHED and SOLD for TEN DOLLARS A PIECE without someone having taken the time to read it through ONE TIME, and fix the mistakes?! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gravenofwhat
Please find me a book that defines rhythm step by step... Reason why we don't have rhythm is we are unable to count the different pattern variations of rhythm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a review of the paperback edition.
To be fair, it seems this “book” was meant to be in a digital format. Read more
Interesting. A little thin. Kindle edition has significant formatting and "misprint" issues.Published 7 months ago by Daniel Worley
There seems to be a significant problem with the images in the Kindle Edition. (All except a few appear as a placeholder illustration of the golden ratio. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Zalman Stern
This book provides great insight into the nature of groove and feel. All musicians will benefit reading this book.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some videos don't exist on youtube, some pictures don't display properly. Probably last Kindle book I'm purchasing, going back to iBooks.Published 11 months ago by Guitar Hero
A great guide for exploring rhythm at the most fundamental and universal levels of human experience. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sean M. Frenette