Rhythm Practice Patterns
Lesson 3 introduced syncopated rhythms. Remember that syncopation occurs when emphasis is placed on a weak beat or unexpected beat. The patterns in Lesson 7 create syncopations on the subdivided parts of the beat.
Counting the beat and every subdivision is crucial to playing these rhythms accurately. To better feel the pulse of the music, lightly tap your foot on every beat. Count strongly and clearly with a metronome to make sure that you are performing the rhythms accurately.
The patterns in this lesson are a bit more complicated than anything covered so far in the website. These syncopations feature notes that are not on the beat. Remember to start practicing each pattern at a slow tempo to ensure accuracy. Also, it will be helpful to use a subdividing metronome for these patterns.
Use accurate repetition in your practice. Select one measure at a time and repeat it frequently until you can play it effortlessly and accurately.
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