Understanding Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms have been used by composers, improvisers and within various cultures since we expressed ourselves through music. They are the result of one or more people experiencing time in different ways simultaneously and often occur organically. At other times composers create polyrhythms between different instruments or for one player. Polyrhythms can be challenging for some individuals, but there are ways that you can improve and even master them. A good place to start is to make sure that your various subdivisions of pulse are sturdy and consistent. Legendary Drummer, Joe Morello’s book “Master Studies” presents what he calls the “Table of time” in which you practice quarter notes for a

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