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From: AnneLenoir@-----.net (Anne Lenoir)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: What's a good book to practice rhythms?
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 20:21:11 -0500

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Rien, That's absolutely correct! When I was in high school and learning
the Hindemith Sonata, I would walk around thinking in 3/4 time and
humming the subdivision into 4. I'm sure I looked like a real idiot, but
I looked like one even when I wasn't walking and subdividing. It was a
fun way to get it "down". ANNIE

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Subject: [kl] Re: What's a good book to practice rhythms?

In my opinion a very good way to practice rhythms is when you make a walk,
ride a bicycle or something like that. It was on my bicycle that i mastered
three notes to the beats in combination with two or four, then three notes
on two beats, and so on. In this way I also mastered more complicated
rhythms like sixteenth - eightth - sixteenth, seven notes on four counts and
so on. presently i am "doing" the bitch rhythmical studies, and regret i
don't ride my bike as much as i did twenty years ago, but still are working
on the very complicated rhythms when running or riding a bike, and it
greatly helps.

yet it does not help to keep the strict pulse: in fast and complicated runs
i still sometimes rush through the notes. in that case the only remedy is to
study the passage very slowly, sometimes almost from note to note. i do it
then backward: i know how to lay the last note; thus i can play the last to
notes, thus i can play the last three notes and so on(and play them, of
course). slow repetition is the magic key. it helps however, to master
everything you want, and every rhythm you meet, and probably - or at least
that is my feeling - faster and better than in any other way

hope this helps.

rien

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