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    Kay Chang
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    My daughter learned Suzuki. But she speeds up and slows down and goes so completely by ear at times that she doesn’t “see” how the notes fit the beat of the song. How can I encourage a better sense of beat? Hopefully in a fun way?

    #2018 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    This is a good question. I have many creative ways of teaching rhythm (including a very good explanation in my book). I tend to like relating music and math, as once students understand it in this way, it can really click for them (not every time). If I’m wanting to take a more fun approach to teaching regarding rhythm, I have experienced that playing musical pieces the student knows and relating them to specific rhythm works well. I might play some difficult songs or familiar songs and just show how cool they are, but they aren’t as fun to listen to if the rhythm isn’t considered. I would say though this question (to me) is similar to the question, how to do you make learning math fun? Not easy if you don’t like math. 🙂

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    Julie
    Participant

    Maybe consider getting a small hand drum and a soft mallet. At whatever volume you find most productive, strike the drum head with a pulse relative to the piece. This way she is playing WITH you and has someone to stay in time with. It’s harder to keep your own pace when playing alone because there isn’t anyone you have to work with to play it.

    #2286 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Good tips Julie! Any time you can incorporate any fun tool with rhythm that is always a positive. I have found over the years it is not easy to inspire certain type of audience when it comes to rhythm. It is the second most important element of music to learn, so it is very important to practice.

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    Phillip Sindlinger
    Participant

    I agree it is practice but sometimes it is knowing when to say yes or no. Here s something with a great beat:

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    Musicloverk
    Participant

    I found while playing in orchestra that I became dependent on the director to keep rhythm and had to use a metronome or foot tapping when practicing alone or I would get off the beat in difficult passages.

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