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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.

Thank you!

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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!

  • The bold symbols hard barely distinguishable from the non-bold ones sadly :(
    – JAD
    Jan 28, 2018 at 10:21

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.

  • This is a great way to remember a particular phrase. If finding homophones is too (!) time-consuming, just come up with an ordinary sentence that has the same emphases. +1
    – Tim
    Jan 28, 2018 at 7:21
  • Some of us are TOO compelled by our homophonic tendencies.
    – Epanoui
    Jan 28, 2018 at 7:31
  • Trouble is, there aren't that many homophones with more than two spellings/meanings, which is where my comment came in.
    – Tim
    Jan 28, 2018 at 7:53

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