This is a cool way to further my learning process. Actually, the first time I heard about using the metronome more and breaking it down how you have the first two chapters, was when I watched a seminar/class on YouTube from Kenny Werner. I'm so glad to see this laid out in a book. I'm plugging away through the 2nd chapter for about a week now. I find it's very rewarding once I learn how to play the 5 over 2, and 4 over 3. I'm still working on the 3 over 5, and 3 over 7. They can be tricky. I love using the stonekick metronome beats app with these exercises.
Also, I kind of wish you put the chord names over top of the 5 over 2 study. Very nice piece by the way. I feel I've barely scratched the surface in this book. And I've already learned so much.
Thanks for the kind words. It makes me so happy whenever I hear that someone is benefiting from the book. I cannot help but feel humbled when I learn that a person is taking the time to thoroughly study each chapter.
Kenny Werner has some great stuff! I really like his “Effortless Mastery” series, and have both his book and DVD. It’s something to check out if any of you haven’t yet.
About why I didn’t print the chords:
At the time, I thought that if I went into harmony it might distract from the rhythmic aspect of the book. I even wrote about it during the introduction. I’m going to go ahead and post them for you as both a picture, and a downloadable PDF placed below the picture. Note that on bar #11 there is an asterisk. It indicates that the chord displayed over the bar is the recorded chord. However, I prefer the one added below the sheet.
As part of your routine, try to incorporate some of the book concepts into your playing/composing. That way, you will get the most out of them.