Very well, it is time to give you some interesting rhythm exercises for you to develop your rhythmic independence.
Starting with our logic of counting (1, 2, 3, 4) to find the time of a song, rhythmic independence is knowing how to play in the time 1, in the time 2, in the time 3, etc.
This independence gives us freedom to work in any point of rhythmic marking, and not depending only on strong times, for example. The exercises we will see have this goal.
In these exercises, for guitar, the hand with the guitar pick will mark the time with quavers, while the left hand will muffle the strings, except when is indicated to play the chord. In other words, you make the chord sounds just when is indicated, muffling the strings with the left hand the rest of the time. If you are training in other instrument, you need to know that “muffling the notes” is like a pause, making the chord sounds only when is indicated.
The chord which will be used in the exercises is Dm7, but you can use any other chord you choose, or even just a note.
Rhythmic exercise model
The time used will be 4/4 and all the symbols are quavers:
In this first exercise, you should play only the first quaver of the bar.
Observation: The counting time can be done in the following way:
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Exercise 2: In this next exercise, you should play only the second quaver of the first time:
Exercise 3: Now, play the first quaver of the second time:
Exercise 4: Play only the second quaver of the second time:
Exercise 5: Play only the first quaver of the third time:
Exercise 6: Play only the second quaver of the third time:
Exercise 7: Play only the first quaver of the fourth time:
Exercise 8: Play only the second quaver of the fourth time:
Now let’s make some combinations:
Bonus exercise: In this exercise we will work the rhythm with the harmony made by Bb7M, A7(#5) and Dm7. Notice how this concepts are useful to make creative bases. We will not put the image here because it is really big.
You can practice these exercises with many different times in the metronome, starting slowly and increasing bit by bit. You can also create your own exercises. You can also work with other symbols, like semiquaver, for example, increasing the difficult and creating more subdivision options.
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