THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO RHYTHM: Julian Gerstin and Ken Dalluge. Forthcoming.
Become a more confident and powerful musician! Whether your focus is jazz or classical, rock or folk, country or the blues, Cuban or Brazilian, mastering rhythm gives you the tools to expand your creativity, weave more captivating solos, and take your ensembles to the next level. To be a complete musician on any instrument, you need to master rhythm just as you do melody and harmony. Rhythm is their equal musical partner.
The Musician’s Guide to Rhythm provides a step-by-step guide for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, teachers, and all musicians who want to explore the joy and passion of rhythm. This book is not only for drummers! Unveil basic rhythmic ideas such as shape, suspension, pulse, wheels, and pyramid—the building blocks of much of the world’s music. Then put your new knowledge to work through examples and hands-on exercises that boost your playing and give you immediate results.
ACADEMIC WRITING & RESEARCH: I lived in Martinique in 1993-95 and have revisited the island several times since, focusing on the bèlè music and dance tradition and its revival. I’ve also studied Afrocuban music for many years. My writings in these two fields, and others, can be found in this link:
If you are interested in any of the listed publications and have trouble finding them, or questions about them, please contact me.
Below is a link to a short unpublished piece I wrote for undergraduate classes, about a great Martinican singer, Siméline Rangon. It focuses on her creative use of tradition, particularly her use of oral formulas (the Parry/Lord theory) to invent and remember songs. I’m putting this online to honor her, and because the songs are wonderful. Unfortunately you can’t hear the songs—they were never released in the U.S.—but if you’re seriously interested for academic reasons, we can probably work something out.