Rhythm in Improvisation Lesson 1
Developing good rhythmic control is an often overlooked element of improvisation. Scales, arpeggios and licks command the bulk of burgeoning improvisers attention, frequently leading them to hit a wall where they run out of ideas and feel stuck. Building a strong grasp of rhythmic choices expands our improvisational pallette and opens up new ways of playing well-trodden melodic structures.
- Practice each rhythm on a single note with a metronome or drum track. (1-2 minutes)
- Practice each rhythm on a scale of your choosing, ascending and descending, with a metronome or drum track. (1-2 minutes)
- Use the scale from the previous exercise to improvise over a backing track in the same tonality (key). (1-2 minutes
- Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each rhythmic example. Do as many examples as your practice time allows, returning to exercise on which you left off at your next session.
- At the end of your practice session, spend some time improvise over the previous backing track, focusing on having fun melodies and enjoying the music.
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