16th Notes – Column 10

In Column 8 we started working on all permutations involving Rhythm 2 with the other 5 rhythms.  Now to cut down on the length of this series we’re going to skip the permutations of Rhythm 2 and Rhythm 1 because you should have covered all those in an earlier column.
In Column 10 we’re going to look at all the permutations of Rhythm 2 and Rhythm 5.

Working at such a thorough level will ensure that you are building a solid foundation of understanding of how to count 16th notes.  This foundation is vital to  understand complicated bass lines with 16th note rhythms, and also to actually play those lines.

Remember that it’s important to work on counting 16th notes AWAY from your instrument.  When you have thoroughly internalized 16th note rhythms then playing those rhythms will be much easier.

Here’s a brief guide on how you should use this column.

1.  Each example will be four bars (with repeat bars) so you have to count 8 bars.
2.  Each example will have a corresponding video on the web page version of the site so that you can hear the bass rhythm played against a 16th note pulse drum beat.
3.  Check that out on the web page and hear how the rhythmic combination sounds against the 16th note drum beat.  Superimpose a ‘count’ that matches the bass with the web page version.
4.  Now use whichever tempo 16th note pulse backing track you are comfortable with and hit play.  And count the example you are working on.  Repeat at least once.
5.  Go to the next example and repeat the process.
Now as you’re getting started with this you should do it somewhere near your computer so you can cross reference the web page version of the lesson.  But as you get more accomplished you can really hone your skills by doing this away from your compute

Part 1.  Combining 3 Beats Of  Rhythm 2 And 1 Beat Of Rhythm 5

There are four different rhythms that can be made by using three beats of Rhythm 2 and one beat of Rhythm 3.  Here’s exercise 1:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 1

And Exercise 2:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 2

Exercise 3:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 3

And Exercise 4:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 4

Part 2.  Combining 2 Beats Of  Rhythm 2 And 2 Beats Of Rhythm 5

There are six combinations of 2 beats of rhythm 2 and 2 beats of Rhythm 5.  Here’s example 5:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 5

And Example 6:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 6

And Example 7:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 7

Example 8:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 8

Example 9:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 9

And Example 10:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 10

Part 3.  Combining 1 Beat Of  Rhythm 2 And 3 Beats Of Rhythm 5

As with Part 1, there are just 4 possible combinations of 1 beat of Rhythm 2 and 3 beats of Rhythm 3:

Here’s example 11

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 11

Example 12:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 12

Example 13:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 13

And Example 14:

Rhythm 2 with Rhythm 5 Ex 14

Summary

In Column 10 the assignment is to work on all the possible permutations of Rhythm 2 and Rhythm 5.

Remember that the idea is to count through these exercises slowly and accurately – either tapping the rhythm with your hand or with a pencil.

The ‘physical’ act of tapping something helps the brain learn to execute the rhythms as a physical act when you come to play them on the bass.

For now we’re more concerned with developing our understanding of how a ‘beat’ of either Rhythm 1 or Rhythm 3 sounds and also improve our visual recognition of exactly what a beat of Rhythm 1 or Rhythm 3 looks like…and be able to ‘know’ how that beat will sound as a result.
Questions
As always….the floor is always open for questions!  Either use comments on the Lesson 10 page or drop me an email!

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