Rhythm Study by Zachary Hazen

Posted on October 9, 2016

My roommate Zach, wrote a piece for me. It’s a little study for solo guitar involving layered polyrhythms. Learning this piece has not only been a journey for me rhythmically, but also musically overall. I don’t usually perform “classical pieces” and it was interesting how much of my brain went into figuring out dynamics, bringing out different lines, and shaping the piece as a whole. It made me wonder why I don’t always do that every time I play (the answer is, because it is hard). So there it is. I thought I was going to learn some cool polyrhythms, and I’ve uncovered a whole region of musicality that I have not worked out.

score (pdf): rhythm-study-for-roger-kim