Reading & Syncopation Lessons
- QUARTER and EIGHTH NOTE FIGURES, WRITTEN 3 DIFFERENT WAYS
- SWINGING THE 8TH NOTE RHYTHMS, BASIC JAZZ COMPING, AND INTERPRETING WITH TRIPLETS
- 16TH AND 8TH COMBINATIONS & USING DOUBLE STROKES
- SIMPLE OVER THE BAR FIGURES, INTERPRETING WITH DOUBLE STOPS & FLAMS
- 8TH NOTE TRIPLET SYNCOPATION, BASIC SHUFFLE, SHUFFLE OSTINATO
- MIXED TRIPLET 8TH, 16TH & 32ND NOTE COMBINATIONS, TRIPLET STICKING, MORE DOUBLE STROKES
- 16TH NOTE ACCENTS AND CONCEPTS
- 8TH NOTE TRIPLET ACCENTS & CONCEPTS, ROLLING, SHUFFLE OSTINATO, GROOVES & FILLS
The Reading & Syncopation course will help the beginning to intermediate level reader recognize and interpret common rhythms. Many of the rhythms include their enharmonic counterparts (rhythms that sound the same but are written differently). The practice suggestions and applications presented in the videos will help you apply these rhythms in different styles. Practice with a metronome at various tempos 60-120.
Rhythm is the percussive or non-melodic sounds within a song which do not necessarily have specific notes or chords, but exist to define the impact points and beat structure of the music.
Syncopation involves a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected. More simply, syncopation is a general term for a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm or placement of rhythmic stresses and/or accents where they wouldn’t normally occur.
Syncopation is used in many musical styles, and is fundamental in styles such as jazz, blues, funk, gospel, reggae, dub, hip hop, rock etc. “All dance music makes use of syncopation and it’s often a vital element.” In the form of a back beat, syncopation is used in virtually all contemporary music.
In this course you will learn
- to understand and execute rhythm in various ways
- drum set concepts or systems for realizing the rhythms, stylistic approaches, and techniques for playing rhythm & syncopation effectively in diverse music settings
- to identify and understand various signs and marks used in music notation
- to orchestrate and realize rhythm and syncopation as grooves and fills around the drum set in various genres.
- to strengthen your vocabulary in rock, jazz and funk styles
- independence and freedom by playing accents and syncopation over various ostinatos
One or two years of playing experience.
You should have a basic understanding of note values and basic time keeping.
Some live performance experience would be a plus but is not necessary.
Textbooks – Included
A drum set (acoustic or electronic)
Assignments in this course will require you to be able record yourself performing the homework.
Software & Hardware Requirements
iPad 2 and above, or Laptop (a portable computer)
DropBox, and YouTube or Vimeo accounts
ZoomHQ3 or comparable video/audio recorder
*Note The iPad 2 and above or iPad mini are the perfect devices for the courses because it included everything you need to view and submit your work.
Latest version of Safari, or Chrome recommended
Adobe Acrobat Reader
PC – Windows XP, Vista, or higher, Intel Pentium or higher, 1 GB RAM, 500 MB hard drive space recommended & sound card
MAC – OS X 10.5 or higher, Intel Mac, 1 GB RAM, 500 MB hard drive space recommended