Can't count!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by cantplaytrumpet, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. patkins

    patkins Forte User

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    No big deal. It is a mental block only. If you tell your self you can't do it, you will never do it and therefore become invalid to every attempt. Music is a basic mathematical algorithm. Think of it as a triad or triangle. The whole not has 3 beats & when divided by 1/3 then you have a single note. I love playing in any count, so should you. Tell yourself you can do it. Get a metronome if necessary. To start with slow it down. Then progressively increase tempo. You will get there.
     
  2. Paul Du Bourg

    Paul Du Bourg Pianissimo User

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    Hi All,

    How about 5/4 time and other funny ones.

    Here's a tip.

    Jazz drummer mentioned .....repeat...... "hip po pot a mus"

    Then try and syncopate it. yikes !!!

    More tips please.


    Cheers,

    Paul.
     
  3. JNINWI

    JNINWI Piano User

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    Slow it WAYYYY down and count it out loud while tapping it on your legs with your hands, 1 is the right hand (giving 1 more accent) and 2 & 3 with the left or vise versa, keep slowing it down until you find it then stay there until your really comfy with it, counting and tapping. Then slowly bring it up to tempo, if you get lost start over slowly and gradually work it up to tempo….and I agree with everyone, don’t over think it !
    Ever watch “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, and the bedroom scene where he got his “Rhythm” ? Same thing….. Good luck.
     
  4. frankmike

    frankmike Piano User

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    just imagine you are waltzing, and you'll be fine
     
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Don't hear or see much 3/4 anymore and it throws a lot of folks off (especially singers-duh!). Make yourself play a lot of 3/4 music when you practice. Most ballroom music is in the 3/4:6/8 time so listen and practice and don't think too much.
     
  6. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

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    Get your self a CD of Strauss Waltzes and listen to it as much as you can for a few days. You can sing along with them, 123,123,123.... and you'll catch on.
     
  7. The Dutch Guy

    The Dutch Guy Piano User

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    as mentioned above: walzes are the answer. If you're not into classical music, try Vlado Kumpan and his band, or the Mnozil brass. I'm sure they've got some interesting walzes on youtube to listen to.
     
  8. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    YOU CAN! You're going to give yourself a complex. :lol:

    If you're more into words than numbers, you can substitute "Dance, Turtle ... dance, Turtle" for "123 ... 123".

    And, for 4/4, I use .... "Turtle logic" .... for 5/4 I either change the station or put on another CD. :lol:


    Turtle
     
  9. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    now "Turtle Logic" isn't that saying that you are a Hare short!! of a full race??? ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  10. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    I'm not following you ..... But, that's probably a good thing. :lol:


    Turtle
     

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