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At last a comprehensive book to aid sight reading and the development of rhythmic skills for instrumentalists and vocalists.  Traditional aural training tends to put more emphasis on pitch and relegates rhythm to the back burner.  I have noted the effect of this when conducting younger bands.  Most of their reading problems are due to a basic lack of understanding of the rhythmicalstructure of phrases, rather than pitch related.  This well graded workbookhas the potential to rectify this problem. 

Many different rhythmicgroupings and writing styles are clearly presentedand analysed.  This book will provide invaluable assistance to all musicians and lead to a greater understanding of the fundamentals of rhythm.
graded workbook for instrumentalistand 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 and clearly presented and analyzed.

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.

Arranger, composer, conductor and woodwind expert
Senior Lecturer Western Australian Conservatorium of Music

This is a wonderfully comprehensive book of 4/4 reading.  It is beautifully laid out and easy to read.

International master drummer, composer, solo artist and clinician

Sight Reading; the rhythm book has all the necessary elements to help the practicing musician become an accomplished sight reader.

Author of Rhythm Section Drumming
Founder and editor of Drumscene magazine

Managing director of Drumtek and Musictek

Alex Pertout has presented a logical and well laid out book designed to assist those who are serious about developing their understanding of note values and sight reading skills.

Drummer and educator

This is a graded book for instrumentalists and vocalists designed to develop sight reading and rhythmical skills. It was developed by Alex Pertout, performer, composer and educator in Australia. The book is laid out in twenty-two lessons starting with whole notes.  Each lesson progressively adds another note value until all values are covered including their equivalent rest value. One of the problems facing the beginner reader is the ability to count at a steady tempo. Alex aids this problem by providing the counting numbers at the beginning of each exercise.  It is an excellent teaching tool for the novice.  It can also serve as supplementary sight reading material for the more experienced student. The biggest advantage to the book is its lay out, easy in reading, and logical sequence. My advice, if you are serious about reading, buy it.  It is worth every cent.

Percussionist and editor of Latin Percussionist magazine [USA]

Alex Pertout is one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of releases. He has also toured Europe, North America and Asia, recorded for films and television, led a number of ensembles and conducted master classes and workshops.  Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book was designed to develop sight-reading and rhythmical skills for beginning or advanced instrumentalists and vocalists by presenting a course of progressive lessons and studies specifically aimed at these areas. Three sections present detailed exercises in progressively more difficult areas. At 78 pages, there is plenty to learn. There are even suggestions for teachers in the classroom to try activities, homework, tests and exams and other possibilities.


Editor of World Percussion & Rhythm magazine [USA]

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