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They're a staple of rock, and as bass guitar is often used as a rock instrument, they are seen as one of the basic techniques of bass playing. With many rock rhythms, quarter notes are too slow and make the song feel lethargic, while 16ths are too frantic and hard to play. 8th notes are, for many songs, just the right thing to drive things forward with the ...


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When playing crotchets- 4 in a bar - there are few ways to divide up the bar. 4 beats, 3+1 beats, 1+3 beats, or 2+2. With quavers (8ths), the number of variants is much greater. So being able to put in the last quaver of a bar, followed by the first beat of the next, for example is an advantage of being able to use 8s. Popping usually occurs on the 'off ...


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Oh, yes. First time I heard the finale to Prokofiev's 7th piano sonata, I latched onto the bass accents and thought that it was 2 chords to each beat, with an upbeat to the first bar. So, wrong beats as well as wrong bar-lines. Hemiola in pieces in triple-time can lead people astray. Sometimes, I think the composer deliberately tried to mislead listeners, ...


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Play an easier piece. Think of playing with a metronome as a skill to be learned. You'll be frustrated if you try to use a metronome and learn something else at the same time, so start with music that's so simple that it requires almost no conscious attention to play. If you have a lesson book, try the metronome with one of the early lessons. Playing the ...


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It's not so unusual to have time signature changes back and forth in several different kinds of music, and writing in the time signature at the beginnin of a new measure when it changes is the only way I've ever seen it notated. For example, both The Ocean by Led Zeppelin and March of Pigs by Nine Inch Nails go back and forth between 7/8 and 4/4 and are ...


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My recommendation is to quadruple your note values, and write it in 6/8. That is, the first 6 32nd notes become one measure. If the music is supposed to be fast (which is the impression I get), then let that be reflected by the tempo mark.



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