Musicarta Pentatonics Workbook
One-octave Pentatonic Blues
Part Five: Rhythmic Variation

Now on to rhythmic development – a syncopated version with left hand pre-shadowing the right  - the 'Bells' version. Quite demanding.

The left hand learns tune too – useful because bass lines are often pentatonic, particularly in 12-bar styles.

Listen to the target performance first.


Now the intro, for orientation.


There's a three-stage preparation for you, to catch your breath between rounds. Remember, the right hand is on the beat.

Preparation One


Preparation Two


Preparation Three


Bells Version 1 performance

The left hand 'dut-de-doos' in the bass here are not quite the same in the build-up. (That’s pentatonic riffing for you – they mutate every time you play them!)

There’s also an ending tacked on, for you to copy.


Bells Version 2 performance

Finally here’s another rhythmic variation in the dut-de-doos. (I didn’t like the intro here, so it’s been shaved off.)

The ending’s like Bells One, but not quite the same – more mutation! As with all these variations, don’t be surprised if an alternative presents itself to you as you’re trying – listen out for them, and go with it!



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