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    Slick way to learn tricky rhythms
    Posted by Aaron Clegg - November 2, 2012 - 3:56 PM

    If you are having a hard time learning to play a tricky rhythm, try this.

    Make up a word or phrase that has the same rhythm as the phrase you're trying to copy.

    For example, right-click (PC) or Ctrl-click (Mac) and open in a new window or tab to look at this example. It's from a cool book called You've Got Rhythm.

    Basically this can help your right-brain get hold of a pattern in the rhythm, instead of just counting like crazy. You'll start to hear it and feel it easier.

    For a more difficult example, right-click or control-click on this excerpt.

    Reading the first two measures (melody line only), I counted this out, slowly, then fit this phrase to it: "I'm a cool dude, don't you give me trouble." This won't make any sense by itself, so listen here: http://soundcloud.com/aaronjclegg/rhythmic-example

    Sometimes this is hard to do on your own, but a good music teacher may be able to do this for you. Later on, once you get some of these under your belt, you'll be able to do them yourself.

    Yo! Keep on with the soul of the music!

    Peace!
    Aaron.

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    Slick way to learn tricky rhythms
    November 2, 2012
     
    Soul of the Music vs. Technical Circus
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    May 14, 2010
     
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