For many, rhythm is the missing link. and I mean – the – missing link:
I have seen amazing players who couldn’t make their chops shine because they were locked into the samey-samey type rhythm. Sound familiar?
On the other end of the spectrum, I have observed many beginner level players who would drop a beat here or there or freeze up when improvising, reading or trying to copy someone’s playing.
…And I have seen everything in between.
Here’s the great news: this is a really easy fix! I break down binary rhythms into 16 shapes (and ternary ones into 8).
Shape-based learning is not only great for the fretboard, it works really well for rhythm too, especially because I help you feel those rhythms in your body. You cannot “count yourself” into feeling rhythm in the body, but that is exactly where it must reside for you to be able to use it freely. I have many a story to prove this to you and how starting to count can actually make you crumble! Sure, counting has its place, but try improvising while counting – it just does not work very well at all. Why is that? Simply put, it taps into a different half of the brain!
It will open up creative doors, give you confidence and direction, and it is an amazing trick for reading rhythms!
All levels of players find this approach surprisingly beneficial. Usually, the revelation is – oh wow this is not so hard! Then we practice it – I show you how – and a strong rhythmic foundation becomes yours forever. Advanced players improve their reading chops and discover new ideas for solos. Players at the beginning of their journey benefit by learning a good rhythmic foundation that is felt in the body!
Even as an advanced player you will want to sign up for Level I as it is Level I in the method. Advanced readers will have an easier time yet will still highly value the tips for tightening the groove, deepening rhythmic creativity and feeling the internal metronome.
Level II is specifically for attendees of Level I. It goes deeper into rhythms, interesting rhythmic groupings, adds ties, complex syncopations, and more!
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