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Weekly Workout: Three-Against-Four Rhythms

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From ragtime piano to bluegrass banjo to the Bo Diddley beat, three-against-four rhythms can be heard throughout American music. Emphasizing groups of three notes while playing in the 4/4 time signature (which is so prevalent in Western music that it is often referred to as “common time”), the three-against-four rhythm is so ubiquitous it can scarcely even be called syncopation anymore. In this lesson, explore the fingerboard with some exercises that emphasize three-note and three-beat patterns while playing in 4/4.

 

From ragtime piano to bluegrass banjo to the Bo Diddley beat, three-against-four rhythms can be heard throughout American music. Emphasizing groups of three notes while playing in the 4/4 time signature (which is so prevalent in Western music that it is often referred to as “common time”), the three-against-four rhythm is so ubiquitous it can scarcely even be called syncopation anymore. In this lesson, explore the fingerboard with some exercises that emphasize three-note and three-beat patterns while playing in 4/4.