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Learning Rhythm

Posted by bsed55 on Friday, June 29, 2007

I'm teaching Colleen Mississippi Sawyer. We covered the 'A' part tonight, and then I thought to teach her about potatos as a means of regulating rhythm. I showed her how to just play F (on the E string): LSSLSSLSSL (L=long, S=short). OK, that worked alright. But you want all the L's to be of uniform length & the same for the short notes. So try this: every time you play a Long note, tap your foot. But then we had to work on correct posture (if standing). So, put your weight on your Right foot, put your left foot forward a bit, & now it should be a little easier to tap. If anybody else tries this, send me a review of your experience.

1 comment on “Learning Rhythm”

Dick Hauser Says:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 @12:14:39 PM

I know this sounds ridiculous, but some people can't tap their foot to the beat.  I would check out a persons ability to do this before I had them use it as a rhythm tool.  I play with a fantastic guitar/banjo player, and he just can't use this method to keep rhythm.

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