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Mastering Odd Times

with Darius Brubeck

Bored of 4/4? Ever wanted to learn to play in odd time signatures like 5/4 or 7/4?!

Learn how Darius Brubeck and his band (featuring Mike Rossi) deal with odd times, including fascinating, stories and insights passed on from Dave Brubeck.

You can go deeper with Dr Mike Rossi and Darius' book, Odd Times: Uncommon Etudes for Uncommon Time Signaturespublished by Advance.

Instrument Piano

For you get:

  • Over 2 hours of HD tutorials from Darius Brubeck
  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Charts for 5 tunes in odd-times, including Take Five and Unsquare Dance
  • Specially recorded 'play-along' download tracks for Take 5 and the other charts.
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
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12 lessons · 2h 10m

Darius Brubeck is a jazz pianist and educator, and son of the legendary Dave Brubeck, who popularised the use of odd-times in jazz. In this online course, Darius has partnered with University of Cape Town music professor Dr Mike Rossi to distill the challenges of playing in odd times and give you the tools and techniques to overcome them.

In this course, Darius and Mike teach you:

  • How to feel odd-times more naturally, covering 5/4 and 7/4 in detail with techniques that apply across all odd times and metres
  • How best to construct melodies and improvise in odd times
  • How to play the tunes Take Five, Unsquare Dance, and three others in odd times, including full performances, play-alongs, and PDF charts
  • How to practise odd-times, including access to etudes and exercises from Darius and Mike's book on Odd Times
  • The history and background behind the embrace of odd times by jazz musicians

When you reach a certain level in most musical fields, you are likely to be called upon to play in odd-times. It's a valuable skill but also a whole new canvas for experimentation in rhythm and groove, which can be really rewarding. Darius and Mike bring together a wealth of experience, and carefully curated resources, in a course that will have you feeling, not only comfortable, but excited by playing in odd-times, just like Dave Brubeck was when he started to experiment with odd times in the late 1950s!

Learn how to master odd-times and experiment with unusual metres.

Lesson Plan

Show All 12 Lessons


Feeling the Rhythm in 5/4 Time - feat. Take Five, 5/4 Etudes

Placing the Melody in 5/4 Time - feat. Take Five, 5/4 Etudes

Ideas for Improvisation in 5/4 Time - feat. Take Five

Advanced Ideas for Improvisation in 5/4 Time - feat. Take Five, District Five

Feeling the Rhythm in 7/4 Time - feat. Unsquare Dance, Seven from Heaven, Earthrise, 7/4 Etudes

Placing the Melody in 7/4 Time - feat. Unsquare Dance, Earthrise

Improvising in 7/4 Time - feat. Unsquare Dance, Earthrise

Full Band Performance of 5/4 Tunes - Take Five by Paul Desmond

Full Band Performance of 5/4 Tunes - District Five by Darius Brubeck

Full Band Performance of 7/4 Tunes - Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck

Full Band Performance of 7/4 Tunes - Earth Rise by Darius Brubeck

Darius Brubeck

Darius Brubeck is a noted jazz pianist and educator. He has released numerous albums as a leader, as well as touring internationally with his own groups, and the Brubecks Play Brubeck collaboration with his brothers.

Darius has served as a Fulbright visiting professor in Romania and Turkey. He initiated the first degree course in Jazz offered by an African University at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught till 2005.

Darius often collaborates with Mike Rossi, saxophonist and Professor of Music at the University of Cape Town. Mike achievements include numerous recordings, and international stage appearances as leader, soloist, and sideman with Tony Bennett, Dave Liebman, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, George Russell, Clark Terry and Alessio Menconi, amongst others.

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