Mastering Polyrhythms

Two Against Three (5)

More Advanced Exercises

A polyrhythm (sometimes referred to as a cross rhythm) is the effect produced when two conflicting rhythms are played together and can prove very challenging indeed! This series of articles will help you tackle them in various ratios, starting with the simplest: two-against-three (2:3) or three-against-two (3:2).

This article is the fifth in a series of articles on mastering polyrythms and features a few contemporary examples including Clocks by Joanne Griffiths and Max Richter's H in New England in addition to Debussy's Arabesque.

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