About the Author

Richard Middleton

Richard Middleton is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer, writer, and music educator.

For more than 30 years, he has taught piano, guitar, rhythm, theory, ear training, and songwriting to hundreds of private students, with a particular emphasis on helping them develop their rhythm skills and musicianship. He earned a BFA in Jazz Piano Performance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1989, where he later taught songwriting.

He began performing professionally in the Seattle area in 1981, when he was 16. For nearly 40 years, he has released his own solo recordings and music videos, and recorded and toured (on guitar and keys) with numerous respected West Coast artists.

His music writing has appeared in the music magazines SingOut! and Victory Review, and in Smithsonian magazine. His music education column, "Inside Music," ran in Victory Review for four years, and remains popular via the online archive on his website.

He is also the author of Rhythm Guitar Essentials (2009/2018, Countersine), a guide to mastering the skills of rhythm guitar. He is the editor and designer of Jazz Harmony by James Knapp (2010/2016, Common Tone Press), a comprehensive textbook on modern jazz harmony.

"Reading Rhythm" is an excellent skill-building tool for players of any instrument, in any style, at any level.


Patterns and Principles
by Richard Middleton


$20 USD - PDF eBook - 106 pages

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