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  1. Alain Rieder

    Herta Variations in 3/4

    This is an original and powerful exercise, have fun with it and check out my books! If you like this exercise, you're going to love my next book! Learn the patterns separately, then read the page from top to bottom, repeating each pattern, 4 or 8 times.
  2. Alain Rieder

    Drum Book Format Preferences

    As an author of drum books, I've been offering a printed version with coil binding, as well as a non printable ebook. I always thought that the coil binding is fine for books that are intended to be used for years, but I'm also going to offer paperback versions soon. I'm wondering what format...
  3. Alain Rieder

    Frank Zappa - Montreux 1971 - "Smoke one the Water" concert

    I had just turned 16 on December 4, 1971, and I went to Montreux with my friends, to attend the Frank Zappa concert that was going to take place in the afternoon. The rest is history, and I tried to tell the story on my blog, as I remember it 50 years later. I'm not a native english speaker...
  4. Alain Rieder

    My Overjoyed Challenge for drums

    A few weeks ago, Jacob Collier recorded a very nice arrangement of Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed, and I think he challenged people to add their part to his arrangement. Anyway you will find many versions on the net, and some are really good! Here's my version: Here's Jacob's version if you want...
  5. Alain Rieder

    Soloing in 3/4 - You Rang?

    This is an excerpt starting from the drum solo section of the song. If you’re interested in 3/4 playing, you can find a few ideas here on my blog Click here: Master patterns in 12/8 and 3/4
  6. Alain Rieder

    Rhythmic concepts and left-foot clave

    This is a practice session. I try to let go over a 2-3 left-foot clave pattern. I play rhythmic concepts that I find interesting as well as random stuff. Zoom camera sound only. Interesting rhythmic concepts here on this link...
  7. Alain Rieder

    Left foot clave - 3-beat patterns in 4/4, over a 2-3 son clave

    It's part of a warm-up that I wrote and that I'm working on as well. I play 3-beat patterns in 4/4 with the hands, over a 2-3 son clave played by the left foot and a tumbao played on the bass drum. I wouldn't play this as it is in a musical situation, but I see it as an exercise comparable to a...
  8. Alain Rieder

    Melodic Possibilities Drum Book - Master Patterns 1 in 12/8 & 3/4

    This series of patterns is from a new drum book I'm writing, which is on melodic drumming. The patterns are played both in 12/8 and 3/4.
  9. Alain Rieder

    Steve Gadd - One Point Five - Groove Analysis

    In this article I dissect a groove by Steve Gadd, based on an Afro-Cuban bell pattern, which can also be played on a ride cymbal.
  10. Alain Rieder

    Time Manipulation - the eBook version is available @Hudson Music

    I'm proud to announce that the digital version of my Time Manipulation Drum Book is now available for download at Hudson Music. All of the audio examples are embedded into the ebook, so you can listen to them by tapping on screen. The audio can also be downloaded. Choose the English or French...
  11. Alain Rieder

    Rhythmic Modulations in Herbie Hancock's Chameleon

    Chameleon is a well known jazz-funk composition by Herbie Hancock. In the original studio version, around 12 minutes into the track, there is a less known part with interesting rhythmic modulations. I wrote a blog post about it, complete with charts and two videos. Here is the first video, but...
  12. Alain Rieder

    Polyrhythmic Ostinato 5 workout

    Here is a link to an article that I wrote in 1998, but I recently added a video to illustrate the concept. This is Exercise 4 from my Time Manipulation Drum Book (page 25), played with Ostinato 5 (page 127). In this video example, I played each pattern 4 times, before moving on to the next one...
  13. Alain Rieder

    Shifting eighth-note hi-hat accents

    Polyrhythmic eighth-note hi-hat accents Here's an article I wrote many years ago, which explains how I take a polyrhythmic ostinato an apply it to a groove exercise from my Time Manipulation drum book. The article is full with charts and audio, plus a video that I added recently. The concept...
  14. Alain Rieder

    Eighth note ostinato & shifting accents

    I shot this video to demonstrate an advanced application of my Time Manipulation Drum Book. I take a simple groove exercise (the first one of the book) and make it more advanced by adding a polyrhythmic ostinato. The exercise is made of 16 one-bar patterns that are played in sequence, each one...
  15. Alain Rieder

    Polyrhythmic Ostinato Exercise

    Hello! Here is a link to a video that demonstrates how I use my own drum book to take a rather simple exercise and make it more advanced by adding a polyrhythmic ostinato on top. The basic exercice is written with an eighth-note ostinato, it is made of 16 one-bar patterns that are to be played...
  16. Alain Rieder

    Time Manipulation Drum Book review in Modern Drummer

    Hello all, I'm pleased to inform you that there's a fine review of my Time Manipulation drum book in the March 2019 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Cheers Alain Originally published in 1992, this classic method book garnered praise from top drummers and educators. Now the author has updated...
  17. Alain Rieder

    Implied Rhythmic & Metric Modulations

    This is a short video to demonstrate some of the rhythmic modulations shown in my Time Manipulation Drum Book. I basically improvised cycles made of four bars of "normal" time, then four bars of random variations based on concepts developed in the last section of the book...
  18. Alain Rieder

    David Garibaldi & TOP

    As you may have heard, Tower of Power are touring Europe at the moment for their 50th anniversary, and they started the tour in a remote place of Switzerland called Fully. I was at the concert, but I also attended a "band masterclass" that took place on the same day at 11am. The masterclass was...
  19. Alain Rieder

    Time Manipulation Drum Book release

    This is an announcement for the release of my Time Manipulation Drum Book! I have made the book available through a secret link. This is a print on order purchase, the regular price is 40 Swiss Francs + shipping, and there is a 20% discount for one week, starting from today. Buy the book...
  20. Alain Rieder

    Cross Rhythmic Pattern 2 in 7/8

    This coordination exercise is a six-measure cycle The accent pattern resolves every twelve sixteenth notes (and there's fourteen sixteenth notes in the measure). I played the two lines once as written, and then once again but doubling the unaccented notes I played a "wood" block with my left...