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I like to approach this kind of question from the perspective of a composer: considering I want to write for an instrument that does not traditionally use notation, but will be played presumably by someone who is familiar with it, how best can I communicate what I am looking for to this person? I definitely agree with Kevin that adapting existing notational ...


Since it's rhythm I would suggest adapting drum tab to your purpose. Something like: or: HH|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|| S|----o-------o---|| B|o-------o-------|| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + Whatever you're most comfortable with. Just replace the "HH" and other voices with an abbreviation for whatever effect you want to notate.


You might try "ghosting" the note by playing the extra note but muting it with your left hand. When you can do that comfortably, then try just thinking about ghosting the note. I've used this workaround a number of times when learning syncopation.


Yes, this is a common problem for anyone who's ever trying to do more than one thing at a time (which for musicians, is quite often). You have to be nice to your brain. Take it slow, painfully, agonizingly slow In fact, don't even play in time. I suggest breaking down the physical motions into their most basic components, and explain what needs to happen ...


The sixteenth > dotted eighth pattern is called a Scotch snap because it is a dominant rhythmic feature of the Scottish folk dance form the strathspey. Similarly in traditional music circles I've heard the dotted eighth > sixteenth pattern described as a 'hornpipe rhythm', because it is a distinctive feature mark of hornpipe tunes. Things are complicated ...


There's a lot of confusion between 'swing' and 'shuffle' terminology. And actually, there is a sort of feel between the two, which technically is neither. The beats in a 4/4 bar can be subdivided. If each beat becomes three triplets, it becomes effectively a 12/8 bar.If the first and last of each triplet are played, it's sometimes called a swing feel. The ...


It's called swing feel and almost everything in jazz is played like this. Also, if you want to play all your eighth notes with a swing feel, instead of writing the swing feel on every ...

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