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Best Ways to Practice Rhythm/Timing?
Topic Started: 19 Apr 2017, 01:40 AM (2,239 Views)
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Before ocarina, I played clarinet for nine year in school bands so I learned to play sheet music through that. Rhythm hasn't always been my strong suit and I'm not the best sight reader but I can make do. I'd say the most important thing is to break down the measure into the individual beats then find the subdivision that fits the given melody. If it's a fast song, try taking it slow and building up to the tempo of the actual song. While many would advise against it, sometimes I find the best way to learn a rhythm is to hear how it is supposed to sound and learn from it.

As for the questions you asked, my band director insisted on tapping your foot to find the beat and upbeats and most people I play with now (I play in my college's pepband and saxophone group) use foot tapping to keep time. Learning to sight read effectively will take some time since you will need to learn all the skill and what to look for (tempo, time signature, key signature, rhythms, notes, jumps in the song like D.S. and D.C., articulations, dynamics (not so important with ocarina), etc.)

If you want, I can try to teach what I know :P I might not be the best but I should be able to teach the basics
Edited by jordan.1210, 19 Apr 2017, 10:55 AM.
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