Friday, January 15, 2016

An Exploration Of Odd Accents

Well that was fun. Odd accents are a bit hard to do exercises for, since they're mostly just something to play around with, but let's see what we can come up with. As always, put your answers in the comments below or on the main video.

1) Let's start with a listening exercise. Go through your favorite songs and see if you can find any odd accent patterns. If you hear off-beat emphasis, try to figure out if it's really an odd accent or if it's just syncopation. If you're not sure, share it and I'll try to help you figure it out, although really it's kind of a judgment call anyway.

2) Let's look at the clave specifically. Go back and listen to it again: How would you describe the feel? What does it make you think of? Specific emotions? Specific songs? That rhythm has been used all over the place in a lot of different ways. Try tapping it out. How would you use it?

3) Try making up your own odd accent patterns. Remember, the sky's the limit! Use whatever rhythmic subdivisions you like. Try tapping out your rhythms, or if you play an instrument try playing it on there. Maybe even write a melody with it!

And that's odd accents! We'll see you next week!

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