Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Basic 8th note rhythms with variations - two bar phrases

Item for one of my students. I generally have people learn their rock beats through Syncopation— once they can do a few basic beats reading them in the conventional way, we go over to my Reed based system to learn them thoroughly (that link is to a very old post, my little e-book covering the same method is more current). I want to convert them from reading a fully written out beat to just reading and counting a single rhythm, and interpreting it to make a rock beat. There are a lot of good reasons for doing it that way. 

These phrases cover the first eight lines from p. 10 in Syncopation— the first measure corresponds with the numbered line in Reed, the second measure is a variation of it, and we end up covering all of the one line exercises except 11, 14 and 15. 

Surprised I haven't needed this earlier. But the book is usually enough. You can't run everybody through every single thing. What's needed for one student may be belaboring the point for another. You can wear people out with that.    

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