Could you please ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you find it difficult to “stay with the beat” while you’re playing, on the contrary you tend to stammer after the first few seconds?
- Do you find it hard to feel the steady pulse flowing beneath any music piece?
- Do you play out of time when you tap the rhythm with your foot?
- Do you suffer from upbeat-downbeat confusion?
- Are even times a mystery as obscure and inscrutable as Stonehenge?
If you have answered YES to just one of these questions, it means you haven’t devoted enough time to develop your rhythmic skills as a musician.
Even more, it means you haven’t practised in the best possible way to learn the essential rhythmic foundations you need if you want to play any type of music.
What’s more dreadful than an out-of-time musician???
This mini-course will therefore rescue you!
To acquire good rhythmic skills (the ones that every good musician should have), there is nothing better than practising hand-clapping.
This is because by clapping your hand, you can actually become one with the rhythm you are playing. Rhythm will vibrate in your body and will then convert into a very clear inner pulsation.
Both my students at BassLab (Bologna) and those who are using my method “Contemporary Bassist” know that we use hand-clapping from as early as Lesson 1, because this practice will change their life as a musician!
That’s the reason why I have decided to create this course, i.e. 10 INTERACTIVE VIDEOS designed to help you develop your rhythmic perception and your rhythm-keeping skills.
You will start by feeling the underlying pulse, then will move on to beating the main rhythmic structures using quarter notes and eighth notes. Finally, in the last video, you will be invited to follow and tap some easy poly-rhythms.
Therefore, this video course will help you achieve the following objectives:
- Identifying the main note values (= the duration of a note)
- Being able to recognise and respect the music rests (= silences)
- Developing a necessary rhythmic stability right from the start
- Avoiding to play “out of time”
- Trying out the first poly-rhythms
“Sorry but these videos are too easy!”
I almost seem to hear this remark from a seasoned musician, annoyed by the apparent easiness of these videos.
Well, you are right, these are elementary level exercises… on paper. However, if you try to do them, you will realise they are not as easy as they might seem at first glance.
To perform them accurately and fluently (as any rhythm would require, after all), it takes time and practice.
Do you know how many experienced musicians I have heard play out of time?? Never mind…
That’s why you should always start from the basis even if you can already play. Try and let me know!
How to use these exercises:
Part 1: Clap rhythm B with your hands
Part 2: Repeat rhythm A with your hands or drum sticks
Then repeat each rhythm 3 times, while trying to listen to the other rhythm going on at the same time
I strongly recommend you do them, ok?!
You may want to ask a friend to play part A or B and train with you!
IMPORTANT: While you are clapping your line, try to pay attention to the other line, too. When you are playing in a band, you can’t just listen to your part. On the contrary, you should be aware of what the other musicians around you are doing at all times.
Your ear should get used to 360-degree listening!
My method Contemporary Bassist 1 will be available in English very soon!
These exercises are included in the large collection of multimedia materials available for free, and are the perfect complement to the first lessons (indicatively 1-3) of Bassista Contemporaneo.
Follow this blog to be updated on the release of the English version of my method.
Exercise 1 to learn the rhythm (basic): Basic pulse
Exercise 2 to learn the rhythm (basic): quarter rests
Exercise 3 to learn the rhythm (basic): eighth notes
Exercise 4 to learn the rhythm (basic): Eighth notes and rests
Exercise 5 to learn the rhythm (basic): the first polyrhythms
Exercise 6 to learn the rhythm (basic): Playing upbeat
Exercise 7 to learn the rhythm (basic): Eighth notes, upbeat and downbeat
Exercise 8 to learn the rhythm (basic): Rhythmic canon
Exercise 9 to learn the rhythm (basic): Rhythmic canon
Exercise 10 to learn the rhythm (intermediate): First polyrhythms