How many time signatures can you recognize immediately when you hear them? How many of those time signatures can you count out confidently without hesitation? How many of those can you play in comfortably and on demand? And finally… how many of those can you really groove with?
Survey says that most intermediate players would boil it all down to three time signatures: 4/4, 2/4 and 3/4. Make that four time signatures if you play the blues because you’d also be very comfortable with the 12/8 signature. Five time signatures if you added 6/8 to the list because you play a lot of jigs, polkas, tarantella, marches and some 6/8 rock. And yea, jazzers might be inclined to increase the number to maybe eight time signatures because they’ve been introduced to 5/4, 11/4 and 9/8. Add a few world genres and/or modern jazz signatures and lets move the number all the way to ten time signatures.
It’s not enough.
Chops, technical skills and a solid knowledge base of theory and harmony are very important but most of all, musicians need to master time and rhythm. Its timing and rhythm that hold it ALL together; the band, the arrangement, the performance, the pocket and of course… the groove.
Whatever the time signature, a competent musician should be able to hear it, count it, play it and craft a groove with it. Musicians need to master time to become a master of rhythm and groove. Become a master of groove and your phone will never stop ringing.
Kai Eckhardt’s Atomic Bass: Time Continuum is focused solely on time signatures and the rhythmic possibilities that lie within those time signatures. It’s also the most insightful, most comprehensive and most impactful bass guitar course that has ever been authored and presented on the topic.
Kai demonstrates how to hear, how to count, how to play and how to groove in 36 time signatures — from 2/4 all the way to 13/16. That alone is an extraordinarily valuable learning experience but he also passes on two priceless systems for understanding and navigating the more complex time signatures and rhythms.
“You will see the faster rhythms 2-13/8 and 2-13/16 written in quarter note notation (2/4 - 13/4). This is a special technique that allows players to tap their feet in an even way while the grooves flip over the bar lines. This grounds every groove, odd or even, slow or fast.”
Kai also shows you how to employ Konnakol to count out sophisticated time signatures, “Konnakol is a South Indian rhythm language developed for the Mridangam, a traditional South Indian hand drum. Because of its percussive nature, Konnakol is a far superior counting methodology than anything developed in the West.”
For each time signature, Kai first presents an overview followed by a trainer example to help you get a grip on the basic feel of that time signature. Kai then performs three different grooves in that time signature and then breaks them down in detail. You not only get the nuts and bolts for 36 time signatures, you also get dozens of bass grooves that you can add to your bag and take to the gig. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you’ll get all of the rhythm tracks to practice with on your own.
A one and a two and a three and a…. click now to enter the Time Continuum.