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Looking for practice material for eighth/sixteenth figures

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by RyRob813, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. RyRob813


    Jun 7, 2007
    St. Paul, MN
    Sight reading myself crossed eyed for the next few weeks in the final stages of preparation for my Carnival Cruise audition.

    My biggest weakness at the moment is unusual eighth/sixteenth figures; tons of ties, syncopation, dots, and everything else imaginable in a single measure.

    Does anyone have teaching material designed specifically for this, and if so, can you put it in a digital form that could be sent and downloaded?

    If so p.m. me and we'll figure something out. Much appreciated!
  2. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    some of the zappa stuff on my site (link below) is fairly intricate & hard to read - might be good practice
  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Here it comes: Any music + a metronome. PLEASE send $45.00 US. :bag:
  4. emor


    May 16, 2004
  5. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
  6. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
    If you're struggling with the rhythmic side, get LOUIS BELLSON'S 4:4 TIME - it consists of a gazillion measures of various rhythmic combinations -including all the variations you mentioned - and you can contentrate on playing through and counting the rhythm because all the rhythms have the same pitch (D i think, if memory serves....).
  7. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
  8. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
  9. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    David Chesky has an excellent book called "Advanced Jazz/Rock Rhythms for All Bass Clef Instruments", published by Charles Colin circa 1979. Not sure if it's still in print...
  10. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
    I just checked on Amazon and no listing for the Dave Chesky book...
  11. Two words...


    His books are fantastic, and one is even called "Sight Reading Funk Rhythms"


    I have them all!
  12. JayM


    Apr 4, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Cliff Engel's rhythm study is a great start and free:

    Rhythm Study
  13. Lichtaffen


    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
    AWESOME! This sort of thing is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    SITSOM is good. So would that play along with Rocco book. Can't think of it right now, but TOP is great 16th note stuff.
  15. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Thanks! That is a phenomenal link!!

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