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Old 10-10-2012, 03:59 AM
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Default Counting different subdivisions

Hey guys,
Just wondering If anyone knows any easy ways to count

sextuplets
septuplets
demi-semis
groups of 9s
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: Counting different subdivisions

It's pretty easy to play them as single strokes with the hands. Set the metronome to 40bpm or so and start with a subdivision of 1, then move onto 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 etc Just divide the pulse up equally, odd numbers you'll be alternating leading hands.

It's on Gavin Harrison's DVD but a couple of guys have made YouTube videos.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:56 AM
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Default Re: Counting different subdivisions

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Hey guys,
Just wondering If anyone knows any easy ways to count

sextuplets
septuplets
demi-semis
groups of 9s

think of (short) word sequences to count against? So for sextuplets, count as:

Em-ve-da-Ka-ta-ga

or whatever sequence rolls, with emphasis (in your head) on the primary beats (hence the capitals in this example). Say it out loud during practice if they are slow enough.

Works for me :)
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:43 AM
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Default Re: Counting different subdivisions

Check out Mike Mangini's books. He has a system called "Not Quite Doubled" which is for counting odd subdivisions.

Basically, you count each note as either a number (on the beat) or "and" (offbeat).

Quints would be 1+2+3 (1 and 2 and 3, 2 and 2 and 3, 3 and 2 and 3, 4 and 2 and 3 etc)
sextuplets would be 1+2+3+
septs would be 1+2+3+4
and so on...
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:35 AM
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Crocadillio = 5
wid-alley, wid-alley = 6
Gina Lollobrigida = 7

Above (or similar) help you get the sound into your head at slower tempos...then notch up the metronome.

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:11 PM
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Default Re: Counting different subdivisions

Benny Greb’s version of 7: “listen to the radio”

That has the right number of syllables and also gives an accent on 1, 3, and 5 (LISten TO the RAdio).
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