6.WModerate Funkiness

Mastering tied eighth-note rhythms is a big move towards reading and notating the syncopated rhythms that we associate with jazz and rock. Today's session has exercises to help with that, but starts with another reading exercise . . .

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Nothing funky about the rhythms in this English dance tune, Staines Morris. There are a few things to look out for, though -

  • Be ready for a D# in the first bar (that's Eb by its other name).
  • There's also an eighth-note rest on the fourth beat of the second bar.
  • Go through the process . . . . play Eminor . .. sus the rhythm . . . sing it . . . sus the notes . . . remind . . . play . . .
  • Aim for 120bpm

notation 1

Copy out the rhythm below and add ties to it so that it matches the rhythm that you hear in the track. (Two bars in).

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notation 2

Add a few ties to this string of eighth-notes / quavers to make some interesting, loopable rhythms. Find a number of different ways.

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There is no right answer to this but here is an example . . . two bars in . . . Taiko! . . .

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When you've written a rhythm that satisfies you, clean up the notation. For instance, the rhythm above now has some unnecessary ties in it and the notation below is better.
Notice that you can replace two tied eighth-notes with a quarter-note only if the quarter-note then starts on the beat. The exception to this rule is when the quarter note is part of that common 2 beat pattern that you played the other day (it's in bar one).

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