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I don't know what Mm. means. It can't be beats per minute because it's not possible to have 4-6 beats per minute.

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    Well, it is possible, it's just supremely unlikely. – Todd Wilcox Mar 2 '17 at 4:57
  • Is it possible that this is an excerpt from another exercise? It definitely means "measures" as a previous answer has said, but I'm curious about the background of this exercise. – Richard Mar 2 '17 at 17:48
  • Is there another piece of music in the book where these rhythms occur in measures 4,5 and 6? This page is a rhythm workshop on those rhythms using the right hand (notes above the line) and left hand (notes below). – mcdtracy Aug 31 '17 at 5:06
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At least according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_(music), "Mm." can also stand for measure numbers. Presumably, the rhythm workshop wants you to repeat measures 4-6 when you practice.

  • mm is definitely the abbreviation for "measures," as m is it for the singular. (As pp means pages, etc.) – L3B Mar 2 '17 at 15:50
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    But what makes it say 'repeat bars 4-6'? And why would you? – Tim Mar 2 '17 at 16:48
  • Unless the picture shows Measures 4-5, I assume that the only reason why "Mm. 4-6" is mentioned is because they contain the rhythm that should be "Tap(ped)...3x daily". – Dekkadeci Mar 3 '17 at 0:19
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We need context. Maybe this method has it's own system of speed categories. Maybe it's just 'Measures'. Maybe it's a misprint. I can't see any connection with figured bass and chords though. Pity about the dumb '8ths = triplets' notation when doubtless they want Swing. If this is percussionist training, they ought to know the difference between swing and triplet shuffle.

(EDIT:After reading the comment below from @JimM)

OK, problem solved. It's the rhythm of measures 1 & 2 of the music that follows. Thanks, Jim.

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  • Does this shed any more light on it? link – JimM Aug 31 '17 at 7:33
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    As I suspected in my (six-month old!) comment to the OP. Nice work, Laurence and JimM. – Richard Aug 31 '17 at 14:28

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