African Bell Ritual

By Jerry Leake


African Bell Ritual This book of cross-rhythm and independence rituals is the result of over 20 years of researching and teaching African music in the Boston area. It expands upon rhythm principles from my most recent text on African and India rhythm theory (Relating Sound & Time); ideas which are now presented in a more concrete structure and progression. Although geared toward the drummer/percussionist, any musician (or composer) could benefit from the underlying principles and patterns that result within the various rituals presented, exploring deeper potential of both mind and body. While realizing this project I discovered many hip and cool grooves; however, there are literally an infinite number of ways to explore the boundaries which exceed my own. Ultimately, every musician must take what they are taught (or discover) and make it a part of who they are before embarking on such creative journeys.

Spiral: 65 pages
Edition: GBC Bound
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
ISBN: 0-927855-18-6
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This book of cross-rhythm and independence rituals is the result of over 20 years of researching and teaching African music in the Boston area. It expands upon rhythm principles from my most recent text on African and India rhythm theory (Relating Sound & Time); ideas which are now presented in a more concrete structure and progression. Although geared toward the drummer/percussionist, any musician (or composer) could benefit from the underlying principles and patterns that result within the various rituals presented, exploring deeper potential of both mind and body. While realizing this project I discovered many hip and cool grooves; however, there are literally an infinite number of ways to explore the boundaries which exceed my own. Ultimately, every musician must take what they are taught (or discover) and make it a part of who they are before embarking on such creative journeys.

Although inspired by traditional African bell and drum phrases found within the Ewe people of coastal Ghana, this book is a non-traditional treatment that is far removed from the context of traditional African music. Using the concepts of transposition, phasing, and displacement, each variation produces different, at times highly complex rhythmic "constellations" of parallel/contrary motion and alignment. Indeed, when incorporating all four components - both hands playing separate rhythms, a steady foot-tapping shaker pattern, and the voice reciting a cycling pattern - the player's level of stability will no doubt fluctuate from one variation to the next. This reveals both the power and glory of how mathematics and counter-rhythm are woven into music; how the design within the fabric of time is loaded with intricacy and beauty. Soon after mastering these rituals your own unique musical designs will materialize in ways that will surprise and inspire you.

African Bell Rituals-Odd Meters

12/8 African Bell Rituals

Introdution 1-10

Ritual #1: 12-17
Ritual #2: 18-23
Ritual #3: 24-29
Ritual #4: 30-35
Ritual #5: 36-41
Ritual #6: 42-47
Ritual #7: 48-53

24/8 African Bell Rituals

Inroduction: 54

Ritual #1: 55
Ritual #2: 56
Ritual #3: 57

African Bell Rituals - Odd Meters

Inroduction: 58

5/4 Rituals
Ritual #1: 59
Ritual #2: 60
Ritual #3: 61

7/4 Rituals
Ritual #1: 62
Ritual #2: 63

9/4 Rituals
Ritual #1: 64
Ritual #2: 65

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