I have difficulties with playing dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note. I try my hardest, but I just can't get it right. Any tips on improving?

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    Have you been counting out loud? Mar 12, 2018 at 19:07
  • Tried it, but I guess my mind got distracted by it and I got lost even more
    – Zektor
    Mar 12, 2018 at 19:10
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    To me, counting isn't something you try, it's something you do and keep doing and practicing until you get better at it. And you have to start very slowly. One way to look at it is if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten. In order to be able to do something you can't do, you usually have to start by doing something differently. Mar 12, 2018 at 19:13
  • @ToddWilcox I would add "even if it seems more difficult at first," just to make that explicit.
    – phoog
    Dec 20, 2020 at 20:02

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Subdivide in 8ths. So it's a group of 3 followed by another 8th (3 + 1). Works with all crazy combinations I've seen: always go for the smallest common denominator (works for analyzing how to play multiple voices with different note combinations each at the same time).

  • Exactly. Assuming you can think or clap a steady beat, this is the way to learn the sound of rhythms. One two three four one two three four etc. Mar 13, 2018 at 11:49

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