Live no 16: Semiquavers and dotted rhythms

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Today’s topic is SEMIQUAVERS AND DOTTED RHYTHMS

 Why today’s topic?
– the visual aspect
– why it’s important to get the feeling of the rhythms connected to the musical notation
 
 About the rhythmic exercises that you will find in today’s PDF
– 2 semiquavers + quaver rhythms, and different ways of thinking about it
– dotted quaver + semiquaver
– for those who like working with the metronome – you will find more rhythmic exercises in Live no 14
 
 About the book “Flip the rhythm” and how it works. The book is available to buy here 
 
  About today’s piece:
– about the composer:
Karen Marshalsay
– check out Karen’s latest CD, “The Road to Kennacraig”
– the piece can be found in Scottish Music Graded Exams Harp – Grade 1, available to buy here.
 
Music from 18’50”: “Siudaibh ‘Illean Gabhaidh ‘m Port” (“There You Go, Boys”)
 
About these rhythms in Scottish music:
– learning rhythms from hearing and singing
– for the semiquaver + dotted quaver rhythm, try saying “dirrum” as you play it (with Scottish accent!)
– listening to the fiddler, if you play in a group
– in a performance, longer notes often get longer (and shorter get shorter). If you play on your own, keep counting “1,2,3,4” so your semiquavers don’t change into triplets.
 
Some general advice on getting the rhythm right – one thing at a time!
1. check if you have read the notes correctly (without the rhythm)
2. second: fingering – make sure you understand it and that you place your fingers correctly (directional placing).
3. third: once you got the other two, practise the rhythm
Keep it SLOW, play one hand at a time.
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