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A Matter Of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove (English Edition)
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A Matter Of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

John Lamb

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Rhythm changes us. Literally. Rhythm acts like a drill sergeant, organizing and synchronizing the brain to its beat. In A Matter of Time: the science of rhythm and the groove, Lamb looks at those physiological changes and defines rhythm by its effect on us. But he doesn't stop there, he compares the body's physiological changes with what top musicians say about rhythm and finds striking similarities. This approach suggests a simple theory of how rhythm works and explains, for example, words like swing and groove are commonly used to describe music.

“When I read this book it was like having a grand unification of all of the moving parts. Everything fell into place... For me personally this book is one of the few that have made a profound difference in my awareness of and how I approach music.” - Mike Tarrani, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 7552 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 58 pages
  • Editeur : Swing Press (5 juin 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00D8K93ES
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, Useful Read for Musicians and Non-Musicians Alike 16 juin 2013
Par E. Lucas - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"A Matter of Time: The Science of Rhythm and the Groove" is a musician's advice and thoughts (backed up by his exploration of scientific and psychological studies about the subject) about rhythm, and how humans use and process it in making and enjoying music. The author himself is a drummer, and shares both his own experience and "ah-ha!" moments about rhythm as well as interesting anecdotes that takes this book from the realm of a topic that could be dry to one that is very helpful and interesting.

He begins with the importance of clarity in explanation so that musical students can truly understand rhythm, groove, pulse, and more. He spends time discussing how everyone has rhythm, as it occurs in nature and our own bodies, and gives guidance on how to tune into it--thinking versus non-thinking, "feeling" music, etc. The text even links to videos that help illustrate the author's points.

This book is written in a conversational style that's easy to follow, and I would recommend it to both younger and older musicians (no matter where they are in their career), those who are interested in music generally, and those who enjoy learning for learning's sake (even if you don't play music yourself, a lot of the information in the book is fascinating--for instance, did you know that supermarkets play music of a certain speed because it causes you move your cart at that speed down the aisles? Now you do!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating science, illuminating topic 17 juin 2013
Par WilliamVW - Publié sur
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At first, I gave this review four stars because I had the classic complaint: I want more. This is a really short book. On my initial reading, I wanted more examples, more people and anecdotes... I wanted the Malcolm Gladwell treatment, probably because that's what I'm used to. But Lamb makes smart use of links to additional content, particularly on YouTube, to fill in such blanks. "A Matter of Time" is as long as it needs to be to make its points.

What points? For me, the key take-away from this book was that rhythm is not some objective thing that can be reduced to notes on a page or a BPM readout. Why does some music affect us so profoundly? Lamb argues that we are hard-wired to experience rhythm in ways that are both universal as well as individual. As other reviewers have pointed out, the concepts of resonance and entrainment play heavily into Lamb's thesis, but by nature these ideas require more than one person to be involved. There is no rhythm to be derived from a sheet of paper. It is an interactive phenomenon that happens between player and listener. This is part of what makes live performances so compelling, how performer and audience fall "in sync" when the experience is "spot on."

Lamb's rethinking of rhythm may have profound consequences for how we approach learning music. It's not something you can get in a bubble. You will not achieve mastery from a book or a program. Rhythm is something that reaches deep into our brains and connects us, and by understanding and developing this in the pursuit of musicianship, much can change for the better.

Yes, I still wish A Matter of Time was longer, but Lamb gives plenty of meat for the reader to chew on long after the last page is turned.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 `Connection is the currency of music.' 12 juin 2013
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur
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Author John Lamb explains early on in this well written and well designed (gorgeous visual elements really enhance this book) book on Rhythm, `Explaining what rhythm is literally, a way to explore personally what rhythm is, what it feels like and what it means....Motivation is the motor, but accurate understanding is the destination.' What he has provided for the professional musician, the student musician, and the layperson alike is a beautifully sculpted path to understanding that most basic aspect of music - and actually of life - Rhythm.

In this brief but thorough book he takes us through an exploration of What is Rhythm, bring the ideas of resonance, language, pulse, the heart rate and the integration of all of this information into understanding the higher elements of meter, metronomic control (do we hear it of feel the pulse of it's beat?), the `rules' of music and how to overcome the external aspects and internalize them.

He includes his own philosophy of the difference between live performance and recorded music, how music enters the emotions, and how we ultimately connect with the rhythm/music of his chosen topic.

Lamb writes in a way that he wants us to understand his message - a technique sorely missing in other books that attempt to explain the magic of understanding the foundations of music. Lamb comes to this shared experience with a bachelor's degree in Music, Biology and Psychology and a Masters in Education focused on teaching rhythm. He is not only a teacher but he also has studied drumming and performs widely from his home location in Portland, Oregon. And, yes, he is a professional photographer which explains why the many beautiful images in this book are so additive. Grady Harp, June 13
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Informative with a Unique Layout 11 juin 2013
Par Danielle D. - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I was intrigued by the subject matter. As homeschoolers, I am constantly on the lookout for new information and resources. We are big on music and music lessons. I always saw music as important, but didn't really understand why. This book did a great job of explaining the importance of music in our lives. From brain waves to the groove of music, A Matter of Time explains it all.

A short read, easily understood - even by children, with a little explaining. Very informative with a unique layout. I don't usually read books that link to videos, we all enjoyed that!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Let yourself go with the flow 13 juin 2013
Par J. Chambers - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Although I've never had any musical training, I had no difficulty understanding the concepts of rhythm, resonance, and beat explained by musician John Lamb in his short but illuminating book "A Matter of Time." He defines rhythm as repetition in space or time. Since the author's background is in music, the book is primarily about musical rhythm (notes repeated in time to form a repeating pattern). Rhythm is resonance, and the book illustrates a non-musical example of resonance with a story about Nikolai Tesla almost destroying a building when he hit on the structure's resonant frequency.

The book isn't just about music theory, however. Rhythms are patterns, and these patterns cause our brains to resonate, in a process known as brain wave entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes neural activity. The author uses this phenomenon to explain why live music will always sound better than recorded music. He also explains the so-called Mozart Effect, where learning to play music improves seemingly unrelated mental skills.

Musicians and music students should get a better feel for their music by understanding the concept of rhythm and timing, but as someone with no music background whatsoever, I enjoyed the book and got a better understanding of why I enjoy some musical works better than others.

Note: the book includes a number of links to YouTube videos and other web links. My Kindle Paperwhite isn't capable of playing YouTube videos, so I had to use my PC to connect with these.

A review copy of the book was provided by the author.
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