Hey, so I need help counting the two measures underlined in red (43-44). I play the conga for this and I need help with counting the rhythm here.
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Supposing the time signature is 4/4 (common time), the rhythm you have underlined sounds like this (where a beat in bold means a note you hit).
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Yes, I know it is an irregular beat but is probably typical of the conga music you play. Do let me know if you need any more help!
Consider each punctuation mark an 8th note and accent the exclamations:
. . ! . . ! . !
. . ! . . . ! !
Alternatively, speak the phrase with each word on an 8th note, accentuating every word which sounds like "TWO", "TOO", etc. If you can repeat this phrase and snap on each "TWO/TOO/TO/TU" syllable, you should be able to internalize the beat. Then when you play the piece, you'll be thinking about your mother's tutu.
After TWO is far TOO late TO
Step in-TO my mother's TU-TU.
This phrase will haunt you for the rest of your life and you will likely be hearing it around your time of death. I hope that it was worth this to learn these two measures properly. You're welcome.