Workbook Level 1

Sound Formation Method™ Percussion Level 1



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This 2nd Edition workbook is an essential tool for all instrumentalists in understanding and mastering not just rhythm but musical feel and groove. There are detailed explanations of principles of movement, principles of groove, and how to rapidly develop a rhythmic vocabulary that’s transferable across all instruments and voice. This book introduces The Rhythm Compass™, an essential tool for understanding the exact mathematical aspect of rhythm, its cyclical nature, and the ability to visualize rhythms instantly with shapes when hearing them, also known as PERFECT RHYTHM, the rhythmic equivalent to perfect pitch. 


Because rhythm is taught in a cyclical manner with shapes using The Rhythm Comapss™, you’re able to actually build a rhythmic vocabulary from day 1. This rhythmic vocabulary is the exact equivalent to learning scale degrees, intervals, and chords and how they interrelate.  Rather than starting in the incorrect place with time signatures, measures, and long tones, this method starts with the appropriate place of SUBDIVISION and even microtiming (smaller than subdivisions). In this way you learn to calibrate your rhythms to create perfect alignment with yourself and other musicians and thus gain more CONTROL.


There is a tremendous amount around how to actually get real results in your playing vs. simply studying rhythm. Principles of movement are addressed which dramatically enhance your rhythmic perception and the tone you create on your instrument. The internalization of rhythm and ability to practice AWAY from your instrument is invaluable. One of the things we’re hear most from students is there ability to practice mentally whether on a plane, in bed, or while listening to music driving in their car.


Standard notation is of course taught and the advantage of The Rhythm Compass™ is you’re able to translate the rhythmic shapes into notation to rapidly improve your reading. You can download the study showing rhythmic improvements in reading, proficiency, and ear training from a five-week course studying the SFM with Curtis Madigan and Dr. Gisbert from the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver on this page. You must take action if you want to change your rhythm. This method is designed to deliver results and not to just be a book with interesting concepts.


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This book is the perfect guide to start your journey in music or unveil mysteries of rhythm for professionals and more advanced players. It is simple and to the point. This book is the first in a method that works sequentially from absolute beginner through advanced levels of mastery.



About the Author

_1DX0816 copyCurtis Madigan is a music education visionary and has created a revolutionary new music system. After graduating from Berklee College of Music and performing with notable artists, he wanted to share the knowledge he developed with aspiring musicians as well as professional musicians.




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