As a musician, you are probably familiar with common rhythms that involve 8th notes, triplets, 16th notes and quarter notes. You may play by ear, read music, or do a combination of both, but chances are that you are very familiar with common rhythms used in Western music.
In many parts of the world, like Ghana or India, rhythms are much more complex and delve into polyrhythms and syncopation. Depending on your musical style, you might have encountered these beats if you are a drummer or pianist.
Every musician can master the polyrhythm with practice. We all start simple and with time, you, too, can amaze your friends with your rhythmic prowess.
But first, let’s start with the basics.