Free Lesson #4 - Rhythmic Phrasing

By now you should be feeling pretty confident with the minor pentatonic scale. You should know all the notes of the scale in different octaves without having to think too hard about it. 

 

The previous lesson was all about pitch, and this lesson is all about rhythm. 

 

Of course, hearing the rhythm played for you will make it much easier, but that won’t improve your sight reading. So, before you listen to the track see if you can figure it out on your own. Then use the audio file to check your accuracy. 

 

Start by clapping the rhythm. Do this a few times, until you can hear the whole two bars as a complete rhythmic phrase. If there are too many notes to process, try breaking down the phrase into smaller segments. Work on the segments separately, then join them all together.

 

Once you can clap it the whole phrase, listen to the audio file to check if you are correct. If you can clap it four times correctly with the track, then play it four times on your instrument using only one pitch. 

 

One example is provided here as a sample, but in the "Minor Pentatonics" book there are 16 different rhythmic phrases, with a mix of straight and swung quavers.

 

  • Rhythmic Phrase A
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  • 90bpm
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Application of Rhythmic Phrases

If you apply the rhythmic phrase above to the scale pattern you learned in lesson #3,

you will create the following two-bar melodic phrase. 

  • Fmin Melodic Phrase
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  • Concert Pitch 90bpm
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  • Fmin Melodic Phrase
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  • Bass Clef 90bpm
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  • Fmin Melodic Phrase
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  • Bb Pitch 90bpm
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  • Fmin Melodic Phrase
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  • Eb Pitch 90bpm
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This lesson is an extract from the "Minor Pentatonic Scales" by Buster Birch, which is part of the "How To Learn To Improvise" series of interactive digital books. The book includes a thorough practice routine and series of exercises in all 12 keys, 189 pages, 369 notated musical examples, 1340 embedded audio files, 7 different backing tracks for practising improvising in various different styles, including Swing, Bossa Nova, Pop and Blues, in all 12 keys. 

 

 

As with all of the books in the series, the audio examples are embedded and immediately available at the touch of a screen, making them extremely convenient to play along with. 

 

 

This book is available in Concert Pitch, Bb Pitch, Eb Pitch and Bass Clef. 

 

To download a free sample or purchase the full version...

Please click HERE for Concert Pitch

Please click HERE for Bass Clef

Please click HERE for Bb Pitch

Please click HERE for Eb Pitch