Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook
Snake Dance Series

Flapping Quavers

We've already brought in quavers to make the left hand rhythms more exciting - and challenging! Here are some more with-quaver rhythmic options.

Flapping Quavers 1

Watch the demonstration video.

The Left hand little finger is held down and the flapping thumb plays a combination of crotchets and quavers - quarter notes and eighth notes (hence the 'Flapping Quavers').

The video performance has an intro where the left hand demonstrates the rhythm.

Put in some desk-top drumming practice with the left hand playing just the thumb quaver rhythm.

If you play attention in detail to the third line (when working on your performance), there won't be anything in the arrangement you can't play.

Use this slo-mo practice video.

(Are you get some of those right hand harmonising notes in yet? Tricky! It's like flapping, but within the right hand, too. Treat as optional, and don't be put off.)

Flapping Quavers 2

Using only the second of those second-beat thumb quavers gives a Latin feel.

That's an up-to-speed performance to inspire you. You will (of course) practise much more slowly and build up to speed!

Put in some desk-top drumming practice with this tapping video. (The left hand music shows a note from Version 3, which we haven't done yet.)

Practicing the third line conscientiously will teach you all you need to know. Here's a slow-mo coaching video.

Flapping Quavers 3

(Optional! This section contains some wild-card material from further on in the course. If it irritates you, skip it.)

Combining the Latin beat with the fifth-root-fifth left hand from 'Harmonising with Thirds' (q.v.) gives us this variation.

The tapping pattern for Flapping Quavers 3 is the same as for Flapping Quavers 2 (above).

Practice Line Three using this practice-speed demo.

Notice the C sharp in the left hand - a bit of variety from that constant D. We are easing towards harmonising - up next.


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