Three against Two and Two against Three

Rhythm patterns that cause tension when they interact can be a challenge to a performer. After performing them accurately numerous times there is a sense of flow that becomes part of muscle memory. The examples that follow provide different ways of developing the needed skill. It’s best to approach this topic ear first. Music is, first of all, sound, not dots on a page. I suggest that you locate the recording of “Arabesque” with “He Leadeth Me” and listen to it before studying the following music examples. You’ll find the recording under Our Story and Publications on the Home Page.

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