Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook

The Snake Dance

Left Hand Off The Beat

For a first rhythmic variation, play the left hand off the beat.

Here's your target performance

Here is the beat map for the whole first-line type. Tap it before you play it!

Here's the Line Three phrase pattern. Repeat over and over - it's the basic off-the-beat rhythm.

Hands crossed version

Now play a hands-crossed version 'loco' - in position, using the same keys but hands crossed.

You immediately notice something different: one of the left hand intervals is played 'staggered' - bottom-top.

Work out what the three tapping patterns will be - Line One, Phrase One; Line One, Phrase Two; and Line Three phrases.

An acrobatic challenge

Here are two acrobatic challenges. The left hand is going to play both below and above the right hand melody, in two patterns.

The way to make is easy is:

  1. to sit in the right place, in the middle, so that 'getting there' is easy; and
  2. to see your target notes clearly - particularly the LH-over ones.

You can drop the 'staggered interval' trick initially, if you like.

Here's the second option.

Remember: Learning something is usually a case of "taking the effort out of trying" to do it!



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