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Rhythmic Relevations

Rhythmic Relevations

Rhythmic Revelations

When a student of one of our Cohorts has a question and something is not clicking I cannot let it be.

For instance: Natalie from our Cohort posted this question into our FB group (at 6:00 AM no less, a very eager student. Also, she lives in New Zealand!):

Natalie rhtyhmic revelationsQuestion f

I realized why this rhythm was hard for her

1. it’s in 3, for one, a much less common feel than 4/4, and
2. it’s got a couple of upbeats in it that are worth a closer look.

It occurred to me that helping her get this crucial information under her belt would be a terrific learning opportunity. So, I took a break from packing my boxes (I was in the process of moving cross country!!) and sat down and made a quick video to help her with this. I knew if she just learned that one bar from someone else showing it to her, it would be a missed opportunity to go deeper and give her some powerful tools to tackle these two challenges- not only for this one groove, but for all similar musical situations

Here it is:

In case you were wondering, Natalie is in our 2021 New Year’s Cohort and is an exemplary student who always does more than expected, submits homework on time, self-analyzes, and is open to coaching and feedback. This particular question was from a homework assignment in Unit 7 of the Cohort.

If the idea of coach and peer support, homework and accountability, in a course that delivers real results sounds good to you, we have another Cohort starting on June 19th….. we call it the Summer Cohort. Find out more and sign up here arisbassblog.com/cohort
We usually only do one Cohort each year, but the interest level was so high already, we didn’t want to keep eager students waiting until 2022. Seats will fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now…


This is a forty-week course with coaches, accountability, homework to post, Cohort huddles and more.

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0 Replies to “Rhythmic Relevations”

  1. Wow! I am a drummer (play bass for fun) I really have no problem with upbeats but was curious to hear your explanation. I love the way you break it down and especially the trick with both hands!

    1. That very nice compliment means a lot, especially coming from a drummer 🙂 As bass players, they are our best friends! Thanks for watching and commenting, Nancy!

  2. OK I have just done this for last 15 minutes and its very illuminating….. the dogs thought it was very amusing too…. try counting a syncopated rhythm out like that with a gorgeous Labrador sat in front of you tilting her head 🙂 Jokes apart the hand on top to feel the upbeats really helps…. now to try this on something else without my bass….


    1. Wahooooo! Super happy to hear. And YAY for the cheering dogs! Bit of a practice like that will get big results. More in Ears Prac Group 🙂

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