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- Jan 8, 2008
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I'm not a fan of the Bellson book, at all.Not sure what you mean by bad notation. The Bellson book is the gold standard rhythm reading method. I do recommend going through it with a qualified teacher, however.
PS: the Syncopation book may be more practical for learning the typical kinds of figures to be found in swing drum charts. But, there is more to rhythm reading than drum charts. The Bellson book includes those kinds of syncopated figures and more.
It's just pages of rhythms, with no explanation -- concepts like ties are introduced without any explanation, then used in ways that would never be used in a real chart. Multiple 16th note ties chained together is not something you'll ever see. It introduces many more problems than it solves.
And many, many, MANY engraving problems. Non-standard beaming of notes. Oddly-written rhythms. Bars of 5 randomly introduced by mistake.
It's a bad book, imo.
And as for it being a "gold standard" -- I've taught at the university and high school level, and I've _never_ seen it included on any curriculum.