The beat of this song is the pulse that all members of the band sync to, to play the melody and accompaniment. You identify the beat by simply tapping your foot to the music.
DO IT WITH ME!
Tap your feet to this song and when you are ready say one! Fill in the gaps between the ones!
The beats are grouped in units of generally two, three or four beats. We name the unit a bar.
You will now learn to talk musically about the beat and start having fun with it. When we play rhythm, we define the beat and we talk about the beat with its subdivision.
Play with muted strings the following routine to learn how to subdivide the beat. Read once, then play twice, non stop:
Play with your hands the following routine learn how to subdivide the beat. Read once, then play twice, non stop:
The beat is constant in this exercise, and when you play more notes per beat, the music feels more intense. When you count 1 and 2 and 3 and 4, you divide the beat in two, the potatoes divide the beat in four.
Play with me the C and Am chord with these variations, and feel how the intensity changes. Learn how to subdivide the beat.
Complete the assignments and submit.
For example: 1st bar one note per beat, next bar 4 notes per beat, next bar two notes per beat, next bar 4 notes per beat.
Before you play your combinations, count in sync with a metronome:
Then play your 4 combinations.
Please choose the slowest tempo you are comfortable with, and apply the corresponding check questions for your own self assessment. Once you are satisfied with your results, please submit your recording to the teacher.
Practice your combinations until they sound correct, then record, so you can assess how well you are progressing.
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