Sunday, November 01, 2009

Beware the Creeping Triplets

It's not too hard to play this rhythm correctly...

But watch out when you try to play this...

( cue spooky music)
You start out with the best of intentions. You merrily stroll through all those dotted rhythms. Suddenly you feel yourself weakening.

It seems as if some force is taking over your mind, causing those upright triplets to melt into..
(creepy music gets louder here)


You must escape those slimy creeping triplets..

1 comment:

Will said...

This exercise applies directly to the dotted-eighth sixteenth passages in the excerpt from Ein Heldenleben by Strauss. Many trombonists are struggling with air at the loud volume and start running these passages as triplets as the tempo jumps ahead a little bit.

Try snapping offbeats while singing quarter-notes. Once this is comfortable, add in the sixteenth note to create the rhythm mentioned in this blog (while continuing to snap the offbeat eighth-notes). This will help you feel the rhythm and pulse better hopefully.

Joe Alessi (and Warren Deck) call this "attack and response".