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“Humans are naturally musical.”

In this segment of Howard Goodall’s 2006 documentary, a major exponent of why we enjoy music is explained in very clear and concise points.

He traces the roots of syncopation back to Africa, long before the West could grasp the concept, and explains the evolution of the shifting of accents in Western music using Philip Glass’s “Akhenaten” vs. Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” to illustrate.


October 20, 2013

Jeffrey Asselin·5 videos

This is the second video in a four part series which focuses on playing simple fills around the drumset using the popular drum method book Syncopation by Ted Reed.
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Music Theory 103: Rhythm by Gregg Fine
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Rhythm is at the very essence of being. Our hearts beat. We walk and run in time. The sun rises and sets. The tides ebb and flow. Its no wonder that rhythm is at the heart of our music, too. In this tutorial Gregg Fine examines rhythm and shows us the theory behind constructing solid beats and how rhythm is used in different musical genres.

Rhythm is made up of many different components. In this tutorial youll learn about the foundation of beats. Youll see how rhythm is broker down into its essential components: Tempo, Measure, Note Values and Rests. Youll learn all about Time Signatures and how they influence the pattern of strong and weak beats in a musical phrase.

Gregg then starts moving the beat around: In this section he explains how musical rhythms are interpreted by creating Shuffle and Swing. Youll discover the power of syncopation and how it helps create musical interest and adds unexpected excitement to a tune. Theres even a cool video that demonstrates playing behind the beat and how it affects the feel of a performance.

Finally Gregg takes you through 5 different musical styles, beat by beat, and explains the importance of rhythm in their construction.

If you enjoy this tutorial be sure to check out Greggs other outstanding Music Theory tutorials on Melody, Harmony and Song Form.

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