Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Everyone has seen things like this polluting the internet:

What fun. I get that I'm the only person who thinks these are the trashiest possible associations to attach to anything musical— judging from the delighted responses that always accompany someone reposting them. I just don't get the concept of this as a teaching aid. What, the student is going to remember to associate particular rhythms with a laundry list of quasi-food items, and then remember the notation like it's a hieroglyphic? And this is easier than just teaching them to count 1&2&?

And who says “grape, soda” anyway? “I'll have some cheese. Ravioli, please.”

Come on. If you're going to do this, do it right with this fun and educational, non-inane, CRUISE SHIP DRUMMER! approved “rhythm guide”:

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