Example 1
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Example 2
Example 3
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ACCENTED 16TH
GROUPINGS IN 4 /4 ARE
THE WAY fORW ARD,
S A Y S p R o fw E B s T E R
L
a st m onth w e started
to explo re different
w a ys to a cce n t and
gro u p 8th n o te s in in 4/4
tim e. C a rryin g on in this
directio n, this m onth w e'll
loo k at different g ro u p in g s of
16th n o te s in 4/4 tim e.
T h e firs t bar o f
Exam ple
1
s h o w s a sta n d a rd 16th
n o te p u ls e in 4/4. I'v e pu t
a c c e n ts on e v e ry n o te that
fa lls on a b e at, w h ich you
m ig h t no t n o rm a lly do , but
for th e p u rp o s e s o f th is
m o n th 's le ss o n it s e e m s like
a g o o d idea a s it w ill m ake
th e d iffe re n c e b e tw e e n th is
e x a m p le and th e fo llo w in g
o n e s m o re clea r. T h e s e c o n d
an d third b a rs o f th e e x a m p le
s h o w h e ld -o u t n o te s and s in g le
sh o rt n o te s th at land on th e se
s a m e a c c e
n ts. W e 'll fo llo w th is fo rm a t
for th e o th e r e x a m p le s a s w e ll.
Exam ple 2
s h o w s a fairly
c o m m o n a c c e n tin g p attern : 3,
3, 3, 3, 4. A s yo u p la y th ro u g h
it, be s u re to ke ep yo u r fo o t
ta p p in g to th e o rig in a l 4/4 beat.
Y o u 'll n o tic e th at th is pattern
c re a te s a s h o rt p o ly rh y th m
o ve r th e firs t th re e b e a ts and
th e n la n d s s q u a re ly on th e
fo u rth beat.
Example 4
Exam ple 3
is s im ila r to
Exam ple 2
, th e o n ly d iffe re n c e b e in g th at the g ro u p in g o f fou r p re c e d e s
th e g ro u p s o f th re e ra th er than fo llo w s it. S o th is tim e y o u 'll hear th a t p o ly rh y th m ic fo u r-o ver-th ree
fee l on b e a ts tw o , th re e , and four.
Exam ple 4
fe a tu re s th e 16th n o te p attern : 3, 3, 4, 3, 3. It's th e tric k ie s t o f the fou r e x a m p le s
in m y o p in io n : it's d e fin ite ly th e m o st s y n c o p a te d o f th e b u n ch . T h is b e in g th e c a s e , I'd s u g g e s t
yo u w o rk on th e firs t bar o f it for a s lo n g a s you n e e d b e fo re m o v in g on to th e s e c o n d and third. If
y o u c a n k e e p th e a c c e n t s o f th e p u ls e in th e firs t bar in y o u r h e ad w h ile p la y in g th e h e ld an d sh o rt
n o te s o f th e fo llo w in g b a rs y o u 'll h a ve a m u ch e a sie r tim e of it.
T h e s e are ju s t a fe w e x a m p le s o f h o w a c c e n ts an d g r o u p in g s ca n m a ke a sim p le p u ls e in a
c o m m o n tim e sig n a tu re m o re in te re s tin g . O n c e you h a ve th e m m a ste re d try c o m in g up w ith you r
o w n 16th no te v a ria tio n s in 4/4: w h a te v e r th e p a ttern , if it a d d s up to 16 it sh o u ld w o rk.
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