Unfortunately I've spent too much of my time playing 8th note solos using occasional basic metric modulations that I could "hear". I was wondering if peeps here could lend advice in rhythmic exercises or devices you use in your playing or practicing, or if you recommend any instructional material that fits this subject that I should seek. Jerry Bergonzi's "Melodic Rhythms" any good?
Some exercises i'm currently using are setting metronome to 40bpm for a 2 note quarter note phrase, playing dotted quarter notes (3 over 2), 8th notes (4 over 2), dotted 8ths (5 over 2), 8th notes triplets (6 over 2), dotted 8th note triplets (7 over 2), 16th notes (8 over 2)....up, down, up, down...
an exercise my drummer has me doing are these triplet patterns, i guess i'm currently around 145ish (quarter notes)
rlr lrl rlr lrl (1)
rrl lrr llr rll (2)
rrr lll rrr lll (3)
rrr rll llr rrr (4)
I'm a firm believer now, rhythm is king.. I always knew it, was just on the harmony vision quest for a bit. I walk around with metronomes 24/7 when I'm not at my instrument pretty much, in hopes of being able to increase my confidence on cross rhythm ideas & metric modulations and increase my over all rhythmic sense.