Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 22 of 24: Idea: Rhythmic Motives

Rhythm is an extremely powerful organizing force in music, oftentimes moreso than the pitches. Here are two (of arguably an infinite number of) possibilities for your consideration…

It is crucial to think about and especially to feel these rhythm patterns within the context of the overall form, not just “beat by beat” or “measure by measure”. Remember: This is an 8-bar form with two 4-bar phrases, which can further be divided into two 2-bar sub-phrases. The idea is to commit to a rhythmic conception that spans an entire phrase, allowing your intuition, ears, and knowledge of scales and chords to fill in the details…


Rhythmic Motive #1…

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An example rendition of the rhythm above…

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Rhythmic Motive #2…

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An example rendition of the rhythm above…

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About Frank J Peter

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2 Responses to Composition & Improvisation: A Case Study: Part 22 of 24: Idea: Rhythmic Motives

  1. paula graham says:

    Wonderful, I understand how it is built up from earlier lessons..sounds great…but..I am running before able to walk..as I am still struggling to work out the notes…back to learning the notes better.

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