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  • N-lightMike

    February 21, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    So, not only did I answer my own question, now I’m making a reply to myself. Why?

    Simple, I want to make it clear that I have not “mastered” this lesson, nor am I finding it easy to even practice it. I wanted to share what I have had to do to get the timing down.

    To throw in the extra motion of releasing the pressure on the string so that it’s muted just complicates my trying to get the rhythm down. So I’m starting with just playing the rhythm, not even changing notes.

    Down, up, down, up, pause, pause, down, pause; repeat. That’s

    1 + 2 + 4 1 + 2 + 4 1 + 2 + 4 1 + 2 + 4 1…

    There’s a full quarter note pause between the 2 + and the 4, where as there is only an eighth note pause between the 4 and 1.

    From experience, I know that I have to get that rhythm down to the point I can “feel” it and stop thinking about it before I try to change notes. Once I can do the rhythm and the notes without thinking about it, then I can throw in the muted notes. Otherwise, I’m trying to learn too many things at the same time and I’m just fighting myself.

    An important step to learning the rhythm, is to tap my foot to the beat. It took awhile before I could tap my foot on the down beats because I’m missing the 3rd down beat. That’s why I needed to stop changing notes or trying to mute. Just do the rhythm.

    I hope this helps others.

    Maybe I should have put all of this in the “Show Us Your Routine” section. But I wanted to highlight the problem with even understanding the rhythm of this week’s lessons and then the effort to actually play it.

    MG 😀