by Ed Saindon

Reprinted with permission from Berklee Today

Many improvisers work on developing their improvisational skills primarily by exploring techniques related to note selection. While note choices, level of harmonic sophistication, and technical facility contribute greatly to a player’s overall sound and voice, rhythm is an often overlooked component in the study of improvisation. Rhythm is usually last on the list of priorities of a player seeking to develop anidentifiable personal style, yet the world of rhythm offers improvisers and composers
many untapped possibilities.

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Professor Ed Saindon is an active clinician and an editor for the Percussive Arts Society’s magazine Percussive Notes. His latest recording, Depth of Emotion, is a quartet outing featuring Saindon on vibes, piano, and marimba and Dave Liebman on soprano sax. Visit