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Help! I'm in a rhythm rut!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by chardin, Mar 18, 2003.


  1. chardin

    chardin

    Sep 18, 2000
    Lately I've found myself in a rhythm rut. Either I double the rhythm of the piano player or play straight eighth notes. Either way, it gets boring. Not just for me, but for the sound of the song.

    Any thoughts on how to break out of this rut.
     
  2. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Try copying what the drummer's doing, and in particular try solely playing notes when he plays his kick. Listen to the beats he's accenting and match them.

    Alternatively, continue playing as you are at the moment, either 8th notes or matching the piano but then vary the note lengths, i.e. play them short (staccato) or long (legato). One of the funkiest lines ever is Larry Graham just pumping 8th note roots, alternately staccato and legato (N.B staccato on the downbeat)

    Alex