Uneven Amounts Of Notes Per Beat., How the heck do I learn how to play uneven amounts of notes?
 Apr 2 2008, 04:02 PM Post #1 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 20 Joined: 10-March 08 From: Umeå, Sweden Member No.: 4.520 I've been checking out different lessons here at GMC and I've realized that I have real problems breaking songs down to slower tempos and playing them with a metronome. A perfect example is Gabriels lesson RHCP meet Zakk Wylde. The fast part where he plays 7 notes per beat is impossible for me to grasp. Not in a sense that I can't play it even at slow speeds but in the sense that even when slowing it down REAL slow I can't seem to play 7 notes per beat!!!I dunno what it is but I can't get into my thick skull to think in different terms than always even amount of notes. Triplets are fine, but the transition to 5 notes, 7 notes etc. won't work for me. It's a whole other thing with 2, 4, 6 and 8 notes per beat; 'cuz that's an even number and that works just fine.Anyone else having this problem? And how do I learn to play odd amounts of notes?/ Johnny Göthe Norlin
 Apr 2 2008, 04:10 PM Post #2 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 552 Joined: 6-December 07 From: England Member No.: 3.460 hmm when you're slowing it down you could count 1234567 without playing and when you get it 12345671234567... then start playing and counting simultaneously. don't know if that helps, but it's all i could think of.edit: btw the numbers in bold are meant to be the metronome clicks This post has been edited by at lights end: Apr 2 2008, 04:11 PM -------------------- “You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”
 Apr 2 2008, 04:14 PM Post #3 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 20 Joined: 10-March 08 From: Umeå, Sweden Member No.: 4.520 QUOTE (at lights end @ Apr 2 2008, 05:10 PM) hmm when you're slowing it down you could count 1234567 without playing and when you get it 12345671234567... then start playing and counting simultaneously. don't know if that helps, but it's all i could think of.Well, yeah. It's kinda retarded really. I have a real good sense of rhythm (or do I xD) but to play parts with uneven amounts of notes really melts down my brain. Sure I can count to 7 and tap my foot at 1, but I can't seem to do it in an even manner.If you've seen Kristofers video of basic metronome use you have the perfect example there when he tells you how to NOT play triplets. That's exactly what I'm doing only I'm playing 7 notes per beat.
 Apr 2 2008, 04:16 PM Post #4 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 334 Joined: 11-February 08 From: Slovakia Member No.: 4.214 Try tapping it on your table with your fingers first. -------------------- I got a completely new \$600 bass for \$300. What a deal!
 Apr 2 2008, 05:25 PM Post #5 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 15.459 Joined: 22-June 07 From: Sarajevo,Bosnia Member No.: 2.159 Some licks are constructed with odd number of notes,like groups,so it's easier to track,you just put each 1st on beginning of each beat.Depends of lick indeed.Hard thing is to play regular runs,ascending and descending,using odd groups,that IS hard to count. -------------------- YoutubeMySpaceWebsiteAlbum "Let It Out" on iTunes and CD Baby Check out my video lessons and instructor board!The Pianist tune is progress,check it out!"ok.. it is great.. :Phave you myspace? Can i to personalize this for you guy?"
 Apr 2 2008, 05:36 PM Post #6 Get to da Chopper! Group: GMC Senior Posts: 2.700 Joined: 18-March 07 From: South Wales, UK Member No.: 1.374 Hmm i find this hard- 5 or 7 notes per beat can be a pain to count..However- i find 3 notes per beat fine, so in theory it is doable I guess its the magic word "practise" again
 Apr 2 2008, 05:39 PM Post #7 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 15.459 Joined: 22-June 07 From: Sarajevo,Bosnia Member No.: 2.159 QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Apr 2 2008, 06:36 PM) Hmm i find this hard- 5 or 7 notes per beat can be a pain to count..However- i find 3 notes per beat fine, so in theory it is doable I guess its the magic word "practise" again Absolutely,triplets are easiest when it comes to odd numbers. -------------------- YoutubeMySpaceWebsiteAlbum "Let It Out" on iTunes and CD Baby Check out my video lessons and instructor board!The Pianist tune is progress,check it out!"ok.. it is great.. :Phave you myspace? Can i to personalize this for you guy?"