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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000404.txt from 2002/02

From: Karl Krelove <>
Subj: RE: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 20:50:38 -0500

Are you having trouble actually understanding how to perform basic rhythm
patterns (as distinct from not actually having them come out cleanly)? If
not, simplistic as it sounds, any book of exercises and melodies should do
that is not above your technical ability to play accurately. What you need
along with the printed material is a metronome or a listener
(teacher/coach/chamber music colleague) that will give you some kind of hint
when you aren't playing steadily. It won't do you much good rhythmically if
you can't get to the notes fast or cleanly enough to keep a steady pulse.
Nor is it much help to practice rhythms you actually don't understand - then
a quick, to-the-point explanation from someone who is more advanced at
reading rhythm and who can model the rhythm for you may steer you in the
right direction more efficiently than trying to decipher an editor's printed

If you're at a basic enough level that very elementary rhythmic patterns or
combinations seem mysterious, then probably one of the method books intended
for basic student use might be of some help. A number of the "band" methods
have pages of pure rhythm exercise - written on a one-line staff or with no
lines, so you can choose the pitch content yourself or practice on a single

Let us know more specifically what kind of problems you're having, and maybe
a more specifically useful answer will be possible.

Best of luck.

Karl Krelove

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> I am having problems with my rhythm, does anybody know what's a book to
> build rhythmic fundamentals?
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