Splitting Measures (3): The tumbao

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Episode 3 shows how to play afro-cuban grooves. It introduces the tumbao (the main bass pattern) and its relation to the clave (a percussion pattern). Contents:0:38 – Introduction: tumbao & clave1:49 – Exercise 7: Simple tumbao: 3323322:40 – Exercise 8: Salsa with a tie: 332_3323:28 – Recommendations3:48 – 4 versions of the clave3:56 – Exercise 9: Salsa variation – 332:_332:4:46 – A matter of notation topics: rhythm, konnakol, tumbao, afro-cuban, clave, Latin musicLevel: beginnerInstruments: for all instrumentsDuration: approx. 5:55 min For a list of all my video lessons go here.You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area…

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Splitting Measures (2): Two 16th note grooves you should know

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Episode 2 presents two 16th note grooves you ought to know. Especially the first one is essential for modern pop and R’n’B music. Contents: 0:39 – Introduction 1:14 – The “famous one”: double time 3:5 2:11 – Exercise 5: The 3 3 2 3 3 2 split 3:12 – The “almost polyrhythmic” split 4:07 – Exercise 6: The 3 3 3 3 4 split 5:21 – Final thoughts topics: rhythm, konnakol, syncopation, 16th note grooveLevel: beginnerInstruments: for all instrumentsDuration: approx. 6:11 min For a list of all my video lessons go here.You could also use the tag cloud (in the…

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Splitting Measures (1): The “classic” rhythm

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This is my new series of video lessons on rhythm. Again, it’s all about konnakol, and how to use it to play grooves in many styles and time signatures. Episode 1 focuses on syncopated eighth note grooves in 4/4 time. Contents: 0:27 – Introduction 1:17 – Konnakol summed up briefly 2:15 – split a 4/4 measure on floor #2 – possible splits 3:27 – 3 ways to play a 3:5 split 4:00 – how to translate into konnakol 4:40 – Exercise 1: The 3 3 2 split 6:06 – Exercise 2: The 3 3_2 variation 6:53 – Exercise 3: The…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (4): Octaves and fourths

The last episode of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series is about finding and naming notes within any single position. To this end, we have to make use of octaves and fourths, and the “next stop” rule. Contents: 0:50 – The “small window” problem 1:31 – Octaves 2:39 – Fourths 3:49 – Octaves again 4:29 – Exercise 8: Naming 2 notes on each string within a position 5:12 – Ex. 8A: Starting with the note D (A string, 3rd position) 6:09 – Ex. 8B: Starting with the note E (A string, 4th position) 7:04 – Summary & goodbye   topics: fingerboard…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (3): Sharps and flats

In part 3 of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series, I’m adding sharps and flats to the notes. This helps us exploring the “in-between” positions. The “next stop” rules (part 1) are necessary to master this episode’s exercises (#5 to #7). Index: 0:56 – sharps 1:21 – Exercise 5: Play the ABC on the A string but add a sharp to every note 2:06 – Exercise 5A: upwards 3:30 – Exercise 5B: down the A string (same fingering) 5:03 – flats 5:58 – Exercise 6: Play the ABC on the G string but add a flat to every note 7:25 –…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (2): Notes on the other strings

In part 2 of my “Exploring the Fingerboard” series, I’m exploring the other strings, using the same rules and concepts introduced in part 1. This part includes exercises #2 to 4. Index: 0:46 – Summary of part 1 1:33 – Exercise 2: Play the ABC on the G string 4:33 – Exercise 3: From E to E on the D string 6:04 – Exercise 4: From E to E on the E string   topics: fingerboard orientation, notes, note names Level: beginner Instruments: double bass Duration: approx. 8:22 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here.…

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Exploring the Fingerboard (1): Notes on your A string

“Exploring the Fingerboard” is a series of video lessons especially made for double bass players. It’s all about fingerboard orientation, so these video lessons should help you to find notes all over your fingerboard. This is part 1 of 4. It features an important navigation rule, and the first of a series of exercises.   topics: fingerboard orientation, notes, note names Level: beginner Instruments: double bass Duration: approx. 7:46 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for…

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The Power of Konnakol (7): How to play anything over anything

Step-by-step instructions how to play any number of notes over any number of beats. This video lesson includes the following polyrhythms: 3 over 4, 3 over 5, 3 over 7, 4 over 7, 5 over 4, 7 over 4.   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 9:40 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have a look at my translation page.

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The Power of Konnakol (6): Practising five-note groups

In part 6 of my series on Konnakol, we’re going to practise five-note groups on several subdivision levels. This includes polyrhythms like 3 over 5, or 4 over 5. Exercise #8 shows how to do it. It is not easy, so be patient.   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 9 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have a look at my…

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The Power of Konnakol (5): Practising four-note groups

In part 5 of my series on Konnakol, we’re going to practise four-note groups on several subdivision levels. This includes polyrhythms like 3 over 4, and 5 over 4. Exercise #7 shows how to do it, and how to make your own patterns sound quite polyrhythmic. Enjoy!   topics: rhythm, konnakol, subdivisions, polyrhythms Level: advanced Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 8:30 min   For a list of all my video lessons go here. You could also use the tag cloud (in the footer area of this website) in order to look for video lessons. All German-speaking viewers may have…

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