Polyrhythms may be one of the most misunderstood rhythmic concepts in music theory.
If you’re just getting began with music you might have written polyrhythms off as being too difficult and hard to understand.
Sure—you’ll need some basic understanding of rhythm and meter.
However, with a number of basic ideas, polyrhythms aren’t actually that difficult to understand.
The truth is, polyrhythms are actually cool and they can add another dimension to the rhythms you write and play within your own music.
Once you’ve studied and discovered them you’ll hear them used everywhere in music, from the top 40 charts down to the most complicated avant-garde compositions.
So let’s check out how polyrhythms work and learn some simple ways to feel their unique rhythmic characteristics in your own playing.