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Rhythm Question

Hello all,

This is kind of a question for Rick W but really anyone who has an opinion to share should jump in as well.

I'm thinking a lot about rhythm in my looping and drums and percussion in particular and I'm finding it very odd how many of my pieces seem to sound very static too me even with changing beats and the like.

What I'm curious about is that little 'switch' that happens in rhythm that seems to change the momentum and propel the beat forward (or backward I suppose) making the entire feel of the music change.  Does that make any sense?

You can have a drum beat that is backing a group and it still feels like its a repetitive beat and then with a slight change in pattern/instrument/accent/what the whole sound changes and feels more propulsive and moving.

I'm a guitarist primarily so my repertoire with regards to such things is limited so I thought I'd throw this rambling thing out there and see if it makes any better sense to anyone else.


Till now you seriously considered yourself to be the body and to have a
form. That is the primal ignorance which is the root cause of all trouble.

- Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)