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    Hello everybody!!!

    I really don´t understand how to play SYNCOPATION, i have understood that you must to lengthen the weak time, but i could´t do with the metronome, Help me please!

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    Hey Katja. First of all, I think all the unusual rhythms should be solved with your instrument aside. You just listen to the metronome and clap your hands or say something like “ta-ta-ta” with your voice. Preferably you should be able to do both. Do it at a slow speed. Try to feel the downbeats. Not to listen to the metronome beats, but to feel them.
    Only after you feel it quite well, you can start playing it with your instrument.

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    Michael Sanchez

    The biggest thing about syncopation is understanding how to subdivide. For those of you that don’t know, syncopation is when a note falls on the off-beats, instead of on the main beats 1-2-3-4. It happens most often when an eighth note falls on beat 1-2-3-4, and the next note that follows is happening in the gap of the beat instead of on the beat. Try to envision this situation:

    Quarter note, Eighth note, Quarter note, Eighth note, Quarter note

    This measure adds up to 4 beats which satisfies common 4/4 time. But do you notice that it isn’t organized like a typical measure that has all the notes on beats 1-2-3-4? The second quarter note is falling in-between the measure, because of the previous eighth note.

    To understand how to count this, I’m going to show you how to sub-divide. Look at how many beats each note has. This is a different way to write what I presented above.

    1, .5, 1, .5, 1 = 4

    It’s pretty hard to count .5 right? But what if you were to double everything above.

    2, 1, 2, 1, 2 = 8

    This is much easier to count and is considered sub-dividing. You are doubling everything to make counting each individual part easier. So when you are in a situation where you have syncopation, you could double the speed on your metronome so that every click will represent one of the numbers above.

    Click Click — Click — Click Click — Click — Click Click

    Does that make sense?

    #3601 Reply

    Michael Sanchez

    Please post if you have any questions about this!

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