#EAR TRAINING – sing intervals

This exercise helps you improve your your knowledge of intervals, your fingerboard orientation, and most of all, it helps you develop relative pitch. Start with minor and major seconds, as shown in this video, and continue with larger intervals. Contents: 0:00 Combining fingerboard orientation and relative pitch 0:35 Exercise description 1:29 Example 1A: go up a minor 2nd 1:59 Example 1B: go down a minor 2nd 2:40 Example 2A: go up a major 2nd 3:13 Example 2B: go down a major 2nd 3:44 From smaller to larger intervals 4:22 Final thoughts topics: ear training, intervals, relative pitch Level: beginner Instruments:…

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Splitting Measures (6) – Splits in 5/4

Splitting Measures Episode 5 - Tim Teissen

A 5/4 time signature is fun to play! Songs like Sting’s “Seven Days” or the “Mission Impossible Theme” are in 5/4. In this lesson, you learn rhythms on the 8th note as well as on the 16th note subdivision level. Contents: 0:00 Odd time 0:25 Subdivisions in 5/4 1:29 Exercise 19: Symmetric splits: 55, 44444, 5555 3:42 “sort of” symmetric splits 4:20 Exercise 20: “sort of symmetric splits: 55, 3232, 2323 5:47 Asymmetrical splits 6:33 Exercise 21: Asymmetrical splits: 3322, 3322 3322, 33332222, 6662 8:23 Final thoughts topics: rhythm, konnakol, polyrhythms, odd meter Level: beginner Instruments: for all instruments Duration:…

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Splitting Measures (5): Splits in 6/8

Splitting Measures Episode 5 - Tim Teissen

A 6/8 time signature sounds beautiful in slow ballads, but is also used in fast jigs or tarantellas. In this lesson, you learn syncopated grooves on the 8th note subdivision level as well as in double time feel. Contents:0:42 – 6/8 has 2 main pulses1:29 – Exercise 14: Basic 6/8 groove: a 3 3 split2:36 – Exercise 15: syncopated splits: 42, 42, 2224:30 – double time (floor #6)5:03 – Exercise 16: Splits from 12/8 lesson here on floor #6: 222222, 3333, 444, 668:16 – Exercise 17: Splits on floor #6: 33222, 2232310:17 – More asymmetrical splits / Permutations of 2…

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Splitting Measures (4): Splits in 12/8

Splitting Measures Episode 4 - Tim Teissen

A 12/8 time signature offers a variety of interesting rhythms. In this lesson, you learn how to play a shuffle groove and other syncopated or near-polyrhythmic grooves. Contents:0:39 – Introduction1:14 – The magic of 122:16 – Exercise 10: Simple shuffle groove: 33333:02 – Exercise 11: Symmetric splits: 2222222 3333 444 664:53 – Half-symmetric splits5:19 – Exercise 12: The “half-symmetric” split: 332226:05 – Exercise 13: The asymmetrical split: 223236:47 – A note to exercise 13: 255, 552, 525 topics: rhythm, konnakol, shuffle, blues, polyrhythms Level: beginner Instruments: for all instruments Duration: approx. 7:54 min For a list of all my video…

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Question & Answer (1): Is there a 5 UNDER 4 polyrhythm?

In my new Q&A video, I’m sharing my thoughts on polyrhythms, notation and rhythmic modulation. And I’m discussion a particular rhythmic problem, which originally was a question of one of my followers. Contents: 0:19 – Question: Is there a 5 UNDER 4 polyrhythm? 2:00 – How to draw a 4/4 measure 2:47 – How to draw a 4 over 5 polyrhythm 3:49 – Why 4 over 5 is equal to 5 over 4 4:36 – What is rhythmic modulation? 5:34 – Answer: solution #1 7:12 – Answer: solution #2 8:29 – Example: real 4 over 5 vs. fake 4 over…

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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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