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ODD TIME SIGNATURES - FREEDOM IN '5'

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"The lessons have been an endless source of inspiration, creativity and joy! The videos feel more like a conversation with one of my favorite musicians - always interesting, very personal and sincere. And the play-alongs... Never tired of playing those tunes over and over again! Play, then watch the video and then play again... always finding new ideas, approaches" - Igor Magarill, Harish, Israel


Part of the Odd Time Signature Series, this videocast explores the intricacies of playing in 5/4 as well as feeling and phrasing odd groupings of five. Gary takes you through a selection of effective exercises he has developed to expand your command of '5', to explore sub-divisions within '5' and to challenge your rhythmic independence via ‘compound’ exercises that deal with simultaneously merging groupings of 4 over those of 5, and vice versa. All exercises also come with the package in notated form as downloadable PDFs.

In Gary’s words, these exercises will “open up new possibilities in your musical imagination as you work to integrate them into your drumming language and to have them more accurately start to inform and eventually enrich your creativity”.

He highlights the rhythmic phrasing device (conceptualised by John McLaughlin), known as the “transition point”, as a means to help you maintain a consistent flow of '5', and demonstrates ways for you to gain a fluidity, fluency and confidence which ultimately gives you the freedom to play with ease within and around the count of five.

In addition, Gary presents a performance at the kit plus a talk-through analysis of his high energy fusion romp in 5/4 “If The Animals Had Guns Too”, featuring guitar virtuoso Ray Russell and the incomparable Jimmy Johnson on bass. And of course, this empowering 51-minute videocast comes packaged with a drum-less mp3 version of the track (both with and without click) plus a drum guide for you to download and try out for yourself.

Duration: 51 minutes

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  • High-definition videocast is in mp4 format, comes in three alternative file sizes, and can be downloaded or streamed for unlimited personal viewing
  • Includes a downloadable mp3 drum-less play-along version of the featured track both with and without a click
  • Includes a downloadable drum guide in PDF format of the featured track
  • Includes a downloadable PDF of all featured playing exercises
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