I’m dedicating several pages within Rhythm Savvy to examples of displaced time. The purpose is to help readers identify how accurately they hear phrases within the context of a rhythm track. After going through the exercise once, I encourage people to go through it a second time and see if they hear the time any more accurately. Yes, after going through it once, you’ll now have the answers, but the point of going through it again is to determine if you actually hear the time more accurately.
I provide a track containing my narration of the exercise and introducing the various phrases. Try it and let me know what you think.
I had some trouble with this, I have to admit. I think I got one of them right, but it definitely tells me I need to work on hearing time better, which is the point of the exercise. Can you make a version of this that is easier? It seems like this one is for more advanced players.
Jeff, try this exercise. I call this Maniacal Metronome. I’ve created a click track that clicks 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to the bar randomly throughout. The idea is to play in 4/4 time over the track. Start with eighth notes and then try improvising or playing a tune or etude. For the book, I created three versions. Here are the second and third click tracks. The third is the most difficult. Let me know how you fair. They start out with quarter note clicks.