Getting Better Rhythm

Some of us learn visually, some aurally, some intellectually. When it comes to rhythm, it's a terribly confusing thing to get good at - because it's invisible. We can watch patterns as they pass as soundwaves from a machine that is translating those shapes, but if we don't have access to that - then we're left guessing at how to break down rhythm, hoping that our ears are translating properly. 

In order to begin as clearly and simply as possible, let's investigate a few definitions. "Rhythm, in music, the placement of sounds in time. In its most general sense, rhythm (Greek rhythmos, derived from rhein, “to flow”) is an ordered alternation of contrasting elements. The notion of rhythm also occurs in other arts (e.g., poetry, painting, sculpture, and architecture) as well as in nature (e.g., biological rhythms). By definition, rhythm is the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats."crowd-dancing-fashion-1304472 (2).jpg

First things first, slow things down. Embrace Subdivisions and break it down. If you learn better by drawing the beats out, do so. Follow them and tap along with each pulse. 

Second, record yourself. There is no true awakening like recording yourself and listening back. Understand that it will be a bit shocking and jarring at first but this will give you some much perspective.

Turn on that metronome. Do this while practicing, recording and make sure you drop in a dose of not doing it, as well. Nothing can kill the creative groove like an unnerving click track - however, you must put the time in to rehearse it. 

Employ the Buddy System. Assist one another in tightening up your groove! Sometimes someone else can hear you better, as they are just taking in the information, rather than creating it and having to reprocess it simultaneously. 

We do hope that one or more of these little tricks will help straighten up your rhythm. Ultimately, it's best to test out different methods and find out how your very own ears work. The only wrong way is to think that you can't get better. Give yourself time to get better and let things click.