New - Time Lines Rhythm Exercises and Patterns for All Instruments, Book 1 is now available. This book includes all of the exercises and patterns from the books for individual instruments, plus over 60 bonus patterns that are not in the book or on the website. However, it does not include the melodies or Time Games. Since it includes rhythms but does not include any written pitches, it can be played by any instrument, including winds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar, bass, accordion, harmonica, or anything you play.
Time Lines Book 1 (Units 1-8) is available for woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as piano and recorder. The book consists of 138 one-measure rhythm exercises, 126 rhythm patterns, 126 melodies, and 72 Time Games, which are short, rhythmically challenging pieces that can be played as duets or by a large ensemble. Educational videos of all of the exercises, patterns, and melodies can be found on this site, allowing students to play along and make sure that their rhythm is accurate.
Time Lines can be used for individual or group study. Students can play along with the online recordings by themselves, play the Time Games duets with their teacher or fellow students, or play any of the pieces in the books with an entire band of musicians. Since the concert band instrument editions are all in the same key, groups of any size can play together.
Follow any of the links below to purchase either the PDF version or the print version of the book for your instrument. These web pages also include samples of the melodies for each instrument, as well as information on the pitch range that is used in each book. The books for concert band instruments are all written in the same key (primarily concert B flat major) so that they can practice and rehearse together. The piano version is written for piano alone (primarily in C major). The recorder version is written to be played by soprano or alto recorder (primarily in G major).
Note that the books include all of the printed sheet music for Time Lines. They do not include the Time Lines Color Blocks, but you can always view those images on this website.
Time Lines Rhythm Exercises and Patterns for All Instruments
Time Lines Rhythm Exercises and Patterns Book 1 for All Instruments, print version
Time Lines Rhythm Exercises and Patterns Book 1 for All Instruments, PDF version
If you want to see an example of the book first, sign up for occasional Music All The Time newsletters to receive a free PDF of Unit 1 of Time Lines (I will not sell or give away your email to anyone else, and you can unsubscribe at any time). You will be sent a link to a page with free downloads for Time Lines Unit 1 for each instrument, as well as the other free materials that I offer).