B E G IN NER'S TECHN
'KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING ACROSS THE PAGE. LOOK AHEAD'
your head and audibly click the
pulse using your tongue.
In the first bar we have a
grouping of four 8th notes. Bring
your foot down on beat one and
up on beat two, while playing or
clapping the four 8th notes in time.
We then have a half-note rest to
finish off the bar. Make sure you
count the rest moving your foot
in time as you did playing the 8th
notes. Remember, rests are symbols
for silence, and are as much a part
of the music as the pitches.
In bar nine we have an 8th-note
rest to start the bar. This will take
a bit of practice as the first 8th
note is off beat due to the rest. As
you click the 8th notes out, you
should begin to feel where that
first 8th note is placed. After this
the rhythms are quite syncopated,
but remember to keep your foot
moving and look at the pointers
I've given you under the bars.
Keep your eyes moving across
the page. Look ahead. Can you see
the music well? Sit comfortably!
As we look at the second
example we can see it has similar
syncopation to the previous
example but with one big
difference. We have to change
chords and play the appropriate
root note of each chord in every
bar. Try to stick to the lowest root
note each time: play open strings
if necessary. You could even try
playing the notes up the octave to
develop a greater understanding of
the fretboard. The purpose of this
is to play the rhythm on a different
note in each bar.
It is vital that you keep your eyes
moving across the page and focus
on the preceding bar and chord
change. Try not to linger on what
you have played, but make sure
you see what is coming up. You
should be reading the rhythms as
you would a book or newspaper, in
sentences and phrases.
My final twist to this exercise is to try to read it backwards. This is a technique that will really help you to
understand rhythm, notation and rests.
Next time we will begin to work on pitches. Until then, enjoy!
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