Using dead notes to keep time?
Hi, I saw your video about the rhythm yardstick. For playing songs where most of the notes fall on unusual spots that aren't on the quarter notes or eighth notes, such as in a lot of African rhythms and 70s funk, I tend to place a dead note or two on the stronger spots to get me in time. For example (parenthesis are rests, x are dead notes):
1 (e) x a (2) x an (a) x e (an) x 4 e an a
Is this a good habit? Should I learn to play without as well?