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Tip #1 – S (Video)
Tip #2 – Ron’s Tips – Jazz Rhythm’s
Ron Tenore’s exercise on jazz rhythms
Welcome to our 13th weekly segment of Ron’s Tips .Once again I want to thank Keith Fiala for the privilege of being able to help educate you here on this site each week. Last week on my Ron’s tip segment I mentioned that I wanted to talk a little about using rhythms in jazz. a rhythm by definition is “the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.”
With an education coming to me from the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains New york ,it was an honor to be able to understand how valuable learning jazz is . I stressed the importance of knowing your triads, and how they are the precursors or the building blocks to a chord. Of course knowing your scales is your real key to opening your mind to what you are actually looking to play. Now yes you should know all 12 Major keys and then there are the minors which i have talked about in our weekly sessions and you can always resort back to any of the weekly archives to brush up on them.
The next exercise i am going to give you consists of all of the jazz rhythms
So now the first rhythm let’s use quarter notes. YOu can use half notes as well but to move things along we will start with 1/4 notes. With a metronome try to play all 12 major keys either one or two octaves. Use a speed of about 80-88 bpm (beats per minute). By using a metronome you have time, and consistency as well as a structure to playing. if you don’t have a metronome you can beat with your foot but I do suggest eventually getting one LEt’s use the key of G major which is one sharp. Set the metronome around 80 bpm. start by playing the G major scale up an down two octaves starting on G below the stave.Ascend and descend in quarter notes. when you reach the top note play it only once and continue down .When you hit the low G again play it only once then continue up the two octaves in triplets inflecting the first noes of each triplet up and down , then you reach the low G again without stopping and only playing that G note once continue up and down two octaves in sixteenth notes, inflecting the first note of each of those four notes.When you reach the low G again without stopping and playing the note once continue ‘up again playing 5 notes at a time continuously up two octaves and down.12-345 inflecting the first note of each of the five. When you play the 5 rhythms play them in 2 notes then three to equal 5 this will give you a better feel and hear of the rhythm.When you continue down to the low G again without stopping go right into playing six notes up and down doing the same, inflecting the 1st note of each group of 6 notes. By doing this exercise you are playing in a perpetual motion without stopping going up and down in different rhythms.This exercise will train your brain to know the type of rhythm that you will eventually use when improvising on chords. “Remember when you play the top note and bottom note of the scale, just play the note once and continue to the next rhythm”. As we go along in the next few weeks and start actually improvising we will show you how to improvise using these different rhythms with and without rests in between.,
Well we have progressed with this course and I hope you will take my advise to go over the previous weekly tips from myself starting from triads to how to construct a chord. Work on this this week and then we can move on.
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.