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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. 

From Inyo Soro.   

 

Music by Brielle 

 

musicwithnopain 

 

Okay, Ready?

Are we ready for a Sea Shanty/Pirate Songs Party, yet? 

 

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How about rhythm in bowing? 

Different SHUFFLE BOWING PATTERNS? 

...there's more than one! 

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! 

 

Hokum/Double Shuffle

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! 

 

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This is really helpful I’ve only watched the first two vids . Thank you for posting . I do try and count but I have several random ways .. I need to settle on one way and stick to it. 

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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!

Hannah Harris!

 

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. 

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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!  

 

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Check out the Flamenco Rhythm Thread!

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https://ra.co/images/profiles/polyrhythm.jpg

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:

  1. Practice one hand at a time to start with. 
  2. Use a metronome... I still have a motivational issue here - wish I would've made myself use it from day one. 
  3. Allow for daily practice. 
  4. 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! 

- Emily

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@ABitRusty -

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.  

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There's discussions on polyrhythms in several threads, but as far as exercises goes - this one takes the cake! 🤣 

 

A One-handed, 5-Way Polyrhythmic Game 

 

🤯 ...just one reason why I love Jacob Collier!

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