“I have practiced the reference rhythm method with students for more than twenty years. In just one lesson, most students perform several advanced superimposed rhythms – previously unknown to them – in different time signatures.

Above all, I see the reference rhythm method as a way of opening doors to new rhythmic worlds and possibilities. A short cut to something that could drastically expand our means of expression on the rhythmical level. Many have already started exploring this type of rhythms, which I’m certain will grow increasingly common in western improvised music.

The method is based on intuition, and you can go straight to the goal without circling around in a lot of complicated mathematic calculations. That’s what I wanted when I started to think about how to manage playing tuplets – and that’s what I got! :)”

Mulle Holmqvist
Swedish jazz guitarist and lecturer/improvisation pedagogue.

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