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Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book
is a graded workbook for instrumentalists and vocalists designed to develop sight reading and rhythmic skills by presenting a course of progressive lessons and studies specifically aimed at these areas. Many different rhythmic groupings and writing styles are clearly presented and analysed. This book will provide invaluable assistance to all musicians and lead to a greater understanding of the fundamentals of rhythm.

Through the development of the counting method employed in this book and the analysis of rhythmic structure identification of the various notes, rests, groups and signs used-the student will attain greater ease and facility when approaching sight reading material.

The book was first published in Australia in 1996. It was released internationally by Mel Bay Publications in 2001.

Chilean born Alex Pertout has for decades being recognised as one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums and soundtracks is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians, his playing has gracing number one charting singles and albums and countless award winning recordings. He has also attained credits with television orchestras, in countless live performances, in the theatre, as a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer, as an author as well as a respected educator.

As a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky he has toured Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with an array of artists including Powderfinger, Badi Assad, Shane Howard, James Morrison, Paul Kelly, Casiopea, Jackson Browne, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Archie Roach, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Goanna, The Black Sorrows, Tony Gould, Dave Valentin, Ute Lemper, Charlelie Couture, Redgum, The Commodores, Kutcha Edwards, Tommy Emmanuel, Tina Arena, Goanna, Kate Ceberano, Broderick Smith, Tom E Lewis, Brian Brown, Mondo Rock and Cezary Skubiszewski among many others. His percussive work can also be heard on numerous motion pictures including It Runs In The Family, Empire Falls, Crocodile Dundee, Gross Misconduct, Aladdin: The Return Of Jafar to name a few and in the theatre he was a featured percussionist in The Lion King production.

Alex has produced cds as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer his release 'From The Heart' features Mike Stern, Tom Coster, Tommy Emmanuel, Raul Rekow, Hossam Ramzy and Mark Levine among others, is the author of Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book released worldwide by US publishers Mel Bay, is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine and is endorsed internationally by Meinl percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads and Vic Firth sticks. Alex graduated with High Distinction from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), holds a Master of Philosophy in Music degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book is internationally published and distributed by Mel Bay Publications Inc, a company founded in 1947 by the legendary guitarist and educator Mel Bay. The company is based in Pacific, Missouri, USA with distributors worldwide.


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