Time & Rhythm

Learning Outcomes Welcome to the grossly under-appreciated subject of musical time and rhythm, which encompasses a wide variety of subjects: pulse, tempo, meter, up-beats, down-beats, back-beats, sub-beats, super-beats, duration, rests, melodic rhythm, melodic contour, dynamics, acceleration and deceleration, cycles, repetitions, anticipation, delay, melodic motives, harmonic rhythm, phrasing, and form. In this section, we will cover just the

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in Paradiddles

This very special rhythm illustrates the profound value of chunking in order to simplify both the mental conception and physical expression of a musical idea… Paradiddles Starting on your Left Side… Paradiddles Starting on your Right Side (mirror image of the above)… Watch Frank model how to play-study-practice the patterns above… learn more… Time & Rhythm: Micro-Lessons

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Time & Rhythm: The Metronome

The Metronome should never be used to impose rigid time-keeping in preparation for performance, because you do not want rigid time-keeping during a performance. But the Metronome, used wisely, can be a valuable tool for discovering and solving a problem with rhythm or technique. So, let’s talk about WHEN and HOW to use the metronome appropriately. If you

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