How's Your Reading?

Exercise 1

This is a simple exercise in cut time.
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16th Note Exercise

16th Note rhythms can be tricky. This exercise is in 3/4 time at a slower tempo.
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Exercise 3

This is an exercise in 6/8 with tied notes.
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Exercise 4

This is a short 2/4 exercise with dotted notes and ties. It has a two bar countoff.
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Exercise in 5/4

Most 5/4 pieces "feel" like a bar of 3/4 then a bar of 2/4. This exercise has a feel of 2/4 then 3/4.
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Dotted 8th tied 16th note vs Quarter Note Triplet

The dotted 8th tied to a 16th note sounds a lot like a quarter note triplet. In fact, in some charts, lazy writers write the triplet because it is easier than writing the dotted 8th note. They do sound different from each other. Try playing with this track. It gave me trouble too!
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Sight Reading Rhythm

Some years ago, I had to evaluate drummers who wanted to be in the Army band. I found out that many of the great players I auditioned couldn't read! After that experience I decided I to write a book that would help musicians learn to get their reading skills together.

Sight Reading Rhythm is a self-contained method you can teach yourself. All you need is a CD player and you can go at your own pace.

For teachers, Sight Reading Rhythm is an easy method to use as well. I have found many ways to use it including giving the easier examples for students to write out. That really helps the ears develop!


open quoteJim Zimmerman's book Sight Reading Rhythm is a welcome addition to any player's library !
I highly recommend it ! "
William Platt, Principal Percussionist Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras

open quoteSight Reading Rhythm provides an indepth study of a subject that can be very difficult to convey in book form. Jim Zimmerman has provided a work that makes rhythmic literacy feel like second nature."
Larry Koonse - Jazz Guitarist
Faculty - California Institute of the Arts