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Re: POLYRHYTHMIC COUNTERPOINT
mark francombe wrote:
> clever to me, and Im very impressed with the head patting tummy stroking
> IS 7 beats against 5 a pleasant "musical" sound, if
> you remove the er... 16ths.. well not 16ths... but you know what I mean?
The trouble with odd times is that people tend to
think that getting the notes in right place is *success*,
and leave it at that.
A stiff 4/4 where you see the player's lips move as they
go "1 er and a..." isn't much fun to listen to.
Same with polyrhythms.
I can just about do 7 against 5 with right and left hands.
It's not practical to think of the subdivisions, to
learn it you have to
1) work out a beat so that the 2 hands are at least tapping
away in the right places.
2) get in going, in this case with the right hand doing a regular
7 tap, and the left flapping away at an inaccurate travesty of 5.
3) make a perceptual shift to listen to the left hand, and then even it
..it feels good when hearing the 5 get even, and the 7 sort of running
away over the top,
but musical?..... well one day maybe.
When I'm allowed to play drums (not often) I have a 5 against 4 beat where
left hand in 4 plays 3 toms in sequence while the right hand stays
on the ride, a poly within poly effect...I think it sounds cool,
especially if I can get the kick on every other beat of the 5 ( another
I guess that makes the tom figure in 3/1.25
..or the ride in 5/0.8