Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Crossing accents

This very simple idea occurred to me while I was working on an Elvin Jones transcription today— either I had an insight into an underlying concept in his playing, or I was just daydreaming. What I've done here is to just accent every three beats during a repeated one-measure rhythmic idea in 4/4— in this case, good old pp. 10-11 in Syncopation:

Play these with an alternating sticking, in a bright 2/2. Also repeat just the first three measures of each line, noting that on most of the exercises the lead will switch hands each time through. Once you get familiar with the accent pattern, it shouldn't be too difficult to apply it on the fly to some other parts of Reed— the pages with quarter notes and triplets or 16ths would be logical places to start.

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