By Andy Doerschuk Published July 20, 2009
It could be that "polyrhythm" is the most misused word in the drumming lexicon. No, it doesn't mean playing "a whole lot of rhythms." Polyrhythms, also known as cross rhythms, are defined as the simultaneous use of contrasting rhythms.
Still scratching your head? Then you might want to listen to what Canadian drummer Paul DeLong has to say. Best known for his multi-platinum success with Kim Mitchell and riveting clinics, DeLong has removed the mystery from playing polyrhythms in his new book/CD package DeLong Way To Polyrhythmic Creativity On The Drumset (116 page, $24.95). Released by Hudson Limited, the book is a step-by-step guide that provides a clear path to developing the polyrhythmic concepts and techniques used by many of the world’s leading drum artists.
Polyrhythmic Creativity is divided into four major sections covering 6:4, 3:4, 4:3 and miscellaneous rhythms, including transcriptions of rhythms inspired by drummers from Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Bill Stewart and Billy Cobham to Simon Phillips, Vinnie Colaiuta, Antonio Sanchez, and Steve Gadd as well as original examples composed by the author. Each chapter starts with a basic subdivision of the key rhythm before progressing to more and more complex permutations, patterns, and phrases. The accompanying audio CD contains nearly 100 professionally recorded tracks that support almost every exercise in the book.
Recommended for intermediate to advanced players, DeLong Way To Polyrhythmic Creativity On The Drumset is available at leading drum shops, music stores and online retailers. For more information, go to hudsonmusic.com.