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I love playing different rhythms, but sometimes I take things for granted, so it's not beneath me to revisit basics, especially when it comes to rhythms, because without them - music will never sound good.
Saved a few helpful videos I wanted to share - and I would love to hear what helps others here.
RHYTHM EXERCISES (videos 1 & 2) TO IMPROVE YOUR SIGHT READING SKILLS.
From Inyo Soro.
Waltz Time- Rhythm Builder - Body Percussion
Music by Brielle
How to swing a rhythm. Practice step by step adding speed and syncopation.
Are we ready for a Sea Shanty/Pirate Songs Party, yet?
How about rhythm in bowing?
Different SHUFFLE BOWING PATTERNS?
...there's more than one!
Québécois Bowing and Shuffle
This is a GREAT Tutorial to get started with a basic feeling of rhythm in bowing, by André Brunet!
The Nashville/Simple or Single Shuffle
Lora Staples Tutorial!
Famously used for "Orange Blossom Special" - a basic & advanced bowing tutorial by Casey Willis!
The Reverse Shuffle
Megan Lynch Chowning Tutorial!
The Georgia Shuffle
Great FiddleHed Tutorial!
Here's help with 3 common Irish dance music rhythms - Jigs, Hornpipes & Reels!
I LOVE this video for Irish Jig Rhythm by Hannah Harris - it's simple!
Jigs are in 6/8 time, but I think it's important to stress it's got a 'heartbeat' you can sway back & forth to!
How to get the feel for Irish Jigs
Hornpipes and Reels are in 4/4 time, but Hornpipes are usually SWUNG.
Nye helps to hear, see & feel the difference between a straight 4/4 rhythm and a swung.
This can be a REEL TEST!
Clap-along with "Reel Around The Sun" - BUT TRY NOT TO CLAP on RESTS or THE 2nd NOTE of a TIE!!! ...hard, because it's not the way I feel the rhythm to be broken down. 🤣
Here's a different perspective that might really help people understand notation of many Irish tunes!
I just ordered "Irish Tunes For Beginner on Ukulele', by Ondrej Sarek - to help one of my Granddaughters learn some Irish tunes to begin with.
This page was in the preview & shows THE HUGE DIFFERENCE between what you see in notation for most of these tunes - and the rhythm you should actually play!
Check out the Flamenco Rhythm Thread!
Rhythm is such an important feature of interesting music - I STILL find I have some misconceptions. 😶
I didn't realize that playing one rhythm against it's subdivision is NOT a 'Polyrhythm'! I'm trying to be a little more careful, because its easy for me to just subdivide - not so easy for me to tap out a true 'Polyrhythm'.
From Masterclass.com - Guide to Polyrhythm in Music, 4 Tips for Practicing Polyrhythms:
- Practice one hand at a time to start with.
- Use a metronome... I still have a motivational issue here - wish I would've made myself use it from day one.
- Allow for daily practice.
- Be patient... another problem area for me.
Ever since I was a little kid I noticed how a lot of music made me want to move my body to the rhythm, but maybe more important is I wanted to move some of my body to one rhythm (like my hands or shoulders) against another rhythm (like in my feet)... so, Two-Part Rhythm has always been integral to my love of music!
Saher Galt has quite a few really great individual practice rhythm videos (also more for Two-part rhythm!) - broken down so even I can understand them!
You might be interested in this:
It explains the difference between Polyrhythm (Cross-rhythm) and Polymeter - at 08:36.
...so easy for me to get confused!
Polyrhythm & Polymeter used in Songs (David Bennet Piano).
Ranking Your Polyrhythms
...not sure how to use any of this at the moment 😳 but they do make a distinction between 'polymeter' vs 'polyrhythm' at the beginning.