2 Killer Riffs For Developing Rhythmic Accuracy

2017-11-02T15:17:13+00:00August 23rd, 2015|4 Comments

This week I’m going to show you how you can work on your rhythmic accuracy and feel using offbeat 8th notes.

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4 Comments

  1. Jotce August 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I like the PDF option. Thanks

  2. Bill Mumford August 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    As usual, Mark, your lesson on syncopation is “on point”! It tells me, as you often emphasize, the importance of practicing with a metronome. I’ve learned a great deal from your insightful, clear and patient instruction. I’m 62 and have been at it (the Bass) for a couple of years. I’ve progressed more in the last 6 months, thanks to your videos, than the previous 18. Unfortunately, I’ve no band to practice with…for now. I’ve still a long way to go…but you definitely make the journey easier, educational and enjoyable. Thanks.

  3. Harrison Picot October 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I find counting to be (a) very necessary, and (2) brutal. Two things have helped me are, (1) Go slower, and slower until it feels like I am not rushed and (2) make up small downbeat,up beat pattern that lets me rest before I do it again, mine is: down,, down up (1,-2 and (3 and 4 and) I only have 3 beats to get correct in the measure, two down beats and one up beat. After I played that 10 times or so, I could add in “and 4 and (up down up” . Of course the next time I tried I was off again, but at least I know if I practice I can get started on reading rhythm. D-DU-UDU Is, of course , Mark McKenzie’s “rock beat” which he breaks into two pieces for learning and when I added the metronome, trying to do a whole bar and stay with the metronome was a lot, breaking it into pieces helps me. Also, I play the down beats on the root and the up beats on the 5th, cheating I am sure but it sounds like music and I am starting to get into sync with metronome so cheating is okay with me. I heard in a video that Paul McCartney made where he teaches the bass, guitar and drums for a song, that he had click track that was going at about 240 BPM, that must take some getting used to, but it would answer Mark’s point that the “and” has to be spaced properly. I think that 60 is plenty fast for me to learn this, but I may try 120 so I have a click on the “and”. I will never need that click track. Half of Paul’s speed seems plenty fast to me.

  4. Gianfranco Ciavatti March 4, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Hi,
    thanks for all ( sorry for my engl. )

    Grazie per tutto lezioni molto interessanti

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