Developing rhythmic flexibility is a vital weapon in the jazz musician's armory. It enables you to choose where to place the start of your phrase, where in the measure to end it, and placement skill also gives you a series of rhythmic possibilities to choose from as you improvise, by, for example, repeating your phrase at a different place in the measure, altering rhythms note by note within a phrase, and so on.
Let's look at some exercises to get you going. Of course, the exercises and techniques introduced here, and which we develop in Part II, take much time and practice to master fully, and seasoned players continue to work regularly on these aspects of their playing to expand further the limits of what they are able to do. But the principles are remarkably simple, and you can get going straight