Tapping Technique and Composition: Tapping Polyrhythms, Part 1 – Zeroes and Ones

This lesson on “Tapping Polyrhythms” is from my song “Zeroes and Ones” from the album A Lesson in Impermanence.

One of my all-time favorite things to do is to tap polyrhythms. In this lesson, I discuss how first to perfect a polyrhythm and then how to incorporate it into a chord progression that you like. I discuss what I call the “16th note netting” that both components of the polyrhythm pull from, even though you can’t hear them. If you can tap into that (pun not intended), you’ll see how both parts are part of a common grid where some notes collide, and others bounce off of one another. This lesson is based on one rhythm doing 3 and one doing 5. It’s challenging, but once you crack the code, you’re home free!

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John Ferrara’s new album, A Lesson in Impermanence is streaming on Spotify and all major platforms. John is also available for private online lessons, via his website. Be sure to check out his Youtube channel.

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