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    Hi all, i just wondered if anyone knows any good exercises which can get me into polyrhythms-like playing different time signatures on my hands and feet or both hands etc.


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    My teacher showed me this one last week:
    The basis is triplets. 1triplet2triplet3triplet4triplet etc. Except you accent them like 16th notes with the bass on what would be the "a" (like 1e+a), while still keeping the triplet beat with hi hat chicks.

    H|o--o--o--o--|
    S|ooo-ooo-ooo-|
    B|---o---o---o|

    I know the lines don't align well, but I don't know how to fix that.
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    start with quarter note triplets, they sound simple at first but they're really difficult to get nailed down correctly.

    the quarter note triplets start at about the 1:00 mark on the video
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn7YtjO6Mqc"]YouTube - "POLYRHYTHMS"... an Introduction ( for all musicians )[/ame]


    if you notice that you count it as a triplet, one - trip-let, two-trip-let, of you can count it as 1,2,3,4,5,6 if you're playing it correctly the one and the two of the triplet (one-trip-let two-trip-let) should fall on the one and the three of your count (1,2,3,4), it's hard to explain but if you accent the first beat of each triplet it'll help you hear the beat
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    Quote Originally Posted by yohin View Post
    My teacher showed me this one last week:
    The basis is triplets. 1triplet2triplet3triplet4triplet etc. Except you accent them like 16th notes with the bass on what would be the "a" (like 1e+a), while still keeping the triplet beat with hi hat chicks.

    H|o--o--o--o--|
    S|ooo-ooo-ooo-|
    B|---o---o---o|

    I know the lines don't align well, but I don't know how to fix that.
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