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The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook (NB: This is the 'script' for the Introduction Video below! Might be a bit more interesting for you!) It's obvious that most popular music has a strong rhythmic component – and the modern-styles keyboard player needs well-developed beat and rhythm skills just to keep up. Sadly, many people subconsciously believe that, when it comes to syncopation and advanced rhythms, you’ve either ‘got it’ or you haven’t. It's like people saying "I can't dance for the life of me - I've two left feet." Well, that’s just not true! What has been lacking is a head-on, methodical approach to improving your rhythm skills. The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook has four full, progressive lesson series that will give you absolutely the best chance to get over the hump and master professional-level two-handed syncopation and rhythms. Our usual way of trying to ‘get’ difficult rhythms – namely, just trying again and again – is unscientific, inefficient and frustrating. With the right learning material, anybody can be much better at syncopation than they ever thought possible! And Musicarta has gone all out to make sure you get the all the help you deserve, with advanced video material and sympathetic coaching right from the start. What's essential in good learning material is to build up to the complicated thing gradually, and that, of course is what the Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook makes quite sure happens - that you get the basics down and build up from there, and that you learn the right way to approach complicated rhythms for yourself. And not once, not twice but four times over_with different material so you don't get bored, you've always got something different to practice, or brush up, on or get better at, and to ensure you have no trouble putting the productive hours in - and let's be honest, like any muscle-memory skill, this is what you need to do. So then, what have we got? First -  the Snake Dance, that timeless novelty piano teachers hate but everyone can do a silly dance to. It's fun! And, it's the basis - in the Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook, for a whole raft of big and bold two-handed rhythmic patterns to get you started - patterns which transfer wholesale to a broad sweep of pop genres. Next up, Syncopation and Anticipation Tenths. Very 'pop'-y. Might not be the style of music you're looking to play, but the rhythm skills involved - a bit more 'micro' than the Snake Dance - will never be out of date. Because, you see, it's not really the material itself I'm selling - it's the skills you take away. Talk about practising the piano and sooner or later, you're talking about Hanon, those 150-year-old piano exercises which just won't lie down and die. Because, of course they work - they're a very efficient way to train your fingers. But why not train your rhythm skills at the same time - just as methodically. And now you can. Thirty or so progressive rhythmic patterns for you to master in an easy, stationary five-finger position first. That on its own would be sufficient, but here, you apply them to the Hanon exercises, which are also demonstrated for you. Anybody can get them, and a quick listen to the examples and your daily finger warm-up has doubled in functionality. Lastly, rhythmic pentatonic scales. Everybody will tell you, the good players have all learnt their scales. And that's not about passing exams, it's about getting up and down your keyboard in a variety of keys. But popular music is based, more often than not, on the five-note pentatonic scales, which have, in effect, no wrong notes. Let's rather practice those, then. And while we're about it, how about throwing in some cool, jazz/blues rhythms? So, for you, six minor pentatonic scales explained and demonstrated with entry-level practice drills, and a progressive series of jazz-blues rhythms to play them in. It really is music off the shelf. So, join the Beat and Rhythm Workbook fast track. Don't be defeated by ineffective trial-and-error efforts. The Beat and Rhythm Workbook levels the playing field with on-tap, structured learning material guaranteed to take everybody forward further and faster than they ever thought possible. See you on the course! Bob Chappell aka Mister MusicartaCape Town, South Africa Watch the video introduction for an overview of the course, then work through the first four Snake Dance videos. After that, you can dip into the first few videos of any of the other three courses, and see which you find most compelling.

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Course overview - 41

  • The Snake Dance Syncopation Challenge: Introduction and Build-up Lesson One

  • Snake Dance: Build-up Lesson Two

  • Snake Dance: Build-up Lesson Three

  • Snake Dance: Build-up Lesson Four

  • Snake Dance Variations: Crossed Hands

  • Snake Dance Variations: More left hand rhythms

  • Snake Dance Variations: Longer Rhythmic Patterns

  • Snake Dance Variations: Flapping Fifths 1

  • Snake Dance Variations: Flapping Fifths 2

  • Snake Dance Variations: Flapping Fifths - Quavers

  • Snake Dance Variations: Harmonising the Snake Dance

  • Snake Dance Variations: Advanced Arrangements

  • Snake Dance Variations: Ornaments

  • Snake Dance Variations: Medleys 1

  • Snake Dance Variations: Medleys 2

  • Syncopation and Anticipation Tenths - Introduction and Lesson One

  • Syncopation and Anticipation - Lesson Two

  • Syncopation and Anticipation - Lesson Three

  • Syncopation and Anticipation - Lesson Four

  • Syncopation and Anticipation - Lesson Five

  • A Swinging Hanon - Introduction

  • The Swinging Hanon - Video One

  • The Swinging Hanon - Video Two

  • The Swinging Hanon - Video Three

  • The Swinging Hanon - Video Four

  • The Swinging Hanon - Video Five

  • Rhythmic Pentatonic Scales - Introduction

  • RPS One: The Minor Pentatonic Scales

  • RPS Two: Six-eight Patterns One and Two - Tapping

  • RPS Three: Six-eight Patterns Three and Four - Tapping

  • RPS Four: Six-eight Patterns One and Two - Performance

  • RPS Five: Six-eight Patterns Three and Four - Performance

  • RPS Six: Three-Four Patterns One and Two - Tapping

  • RPS Seven: Three-four Patterns Three and Four - Tapping

  • RPS Eight: Three-four Patterns One and Two - Performance

  • RPS Nine: Three-four Patterns Three and Four - Performance

  • RPS Ten: The C Minor Scales

  • RPS Eleven: Six-eight Patterns Nos.1 and 2 in C minor

  • RPS Twelve: Six-eight Patterns Nos.3 and 4 in C minor

  • RPS Thirteen: Three-four Patterns Nos.1 and 2 in C minor

  • RPS Fourteen: Three-four Patterns Nos.3 and 4 in C minor

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Meet your instructor

Bob Chappell (aka Mister Musicarta) has been "messing round with chords" since he got turfed off the school piano for playing four-handed boogie with a pal. A lifetime musician, playing for functions and ballet classes around the world and in every modern style under the sun, Bob now teaches and plays in Cape Town, South Africa. Years of teaching a creative curriculum called 'composing at the keyboard' have been honed down to what works best to free that musician within, underpin steady progress, and cultivate the pleasures of a musical life. Looking forward to seeing you on the courses!