Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook
Snake Dance Series

Left Hand Off The Beat

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

Here's your target performance

Tapping

Be a good pupil and work through the tapping drills conscientiously!

Learn to read the beat maps - they teach you to think effectively about rhythmic challenges.

Here's the Line Three phrase pattern - 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.

Agility challenge

Here are two agility 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 doing it! Find your own way to make it easy.

Rhythmic variation

Here's a rhythmic variation where the left hand suddenly takes a break.

The on-again-off-again profile certainly engages the listener's attention. Combine with a cross-hands version and provide an ending that you feel works.



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