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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Start with the scale pattern you are most comfortable with. Try to manipulate the scale patterns with these divisions.

Start with whole notes on up to 16th note triplets.

The larger note values are often neglected because they are harder to keep steady - don't neglect a large part of your resources!

HOW TO COUNT THESE DIVISIONS:

The larger note values (whole/half/quarters,etc.) are easy to count at about any tempo.

If the tempo is too fast for the smaller increments, you may have to adjust the counting words to be simpler for the mouth to say.

Put the metronome on 60. Try to say these words, aloud, first by themselves, then while playing, IN TEMPO. Get it into your head, body, and mouth and soon you will just feel it.

click......click......click......click......click......(metronome)
1..........2..........3..........4..........1..........(1/4)

1...and....2...and....3...and....4....and...1....and...(1/8)

Make it very even and steady. 1..ta..ta..2..ta..ta..3..ta..ta..4..ta..ta..1..ta..ta..(1/8 trp)

1.e.and.e..2.e.and.e..3.e.and.e..4.e.and.e..1.e.and.e..(1/16)

1t.t.t.t.t.2t.t.t.t.t.3t.t.t.t.t.4t.t.t.t.t.1t.t.t.t.t.(1/16 trp)

You may express the sounds any way that is most comfortable for you. The 16th triplets are like 1 t t t t t (just making "t" sound).

METRIC MODULATION, another lesson I wrote, contains some alternate phrases for counting rhythms.