Jan Rivera's "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar" -- Foreword By Alex Machacek


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An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters

Jan Rivera's Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar is a step by step guide through the process of identifying, dissecting, constructing, practicing and applying: Metric Modulations, Polyrhythms, “Ratio” Polyrhythms, Polyrhythm Divisions/Polyrhythms within Polyrhythms, Intrinsic Polymeters, Extrinsic Polymeters, Polymetric Accompaniment, and Polymetric Improvisation.

“I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago." —Alex Machacek ("NOW" with Gary Husband)

“Jan Rivera's book is clear, thorough, and methodical, and will be an asset to anyone wishing to improve in the area of rhythm. Having the fluency to freely play with polyrhythms and polymeters is a valuable skill for the modern improviser, and careful study of this book will provide the student with the tools needed to achieve this." —Ben Monder

“Rhythm is such an important and under nourished aspect of playing and studying music. Jan Rivera has come up with an informative, challenging and clear concept for understanding and using complex rhythms. The book is called “Advanced Rhythmic Concepts For Guitar", but I really feel that this book will benefit any musician; no matter what instrument they play. Just the Ratio Polyrhythms section is a great help in organizing one's thinking about that difficult subject. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is serious about improving their overall knowledge of how rhythms work and more importantly how to use them effectively." —Dean Brown (Brecker Brothers, DB3 with Victor Wooten and Dennis Chambers)

“...Some of the exercises here, while smartly explained and harmonically barebones, make Mahavishnu Orchestra seem like ZZ Top..." —JAZZTIMES Magazine

About the author

Jan Rivera is a graduate of both the A.A. and bachelor’s programs at Musicians Institute (GIT), Hollywood, CA (Electric Guitar Performance – Contemporary Styles); where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant.

Originally from Puerto Rico, he started his formal education by obtaining a B.M. in Musical Education and a B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. While in Puerto Rico, he was featured as a presenter at the Puerto Rican Congress of Investigation in Education.

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