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    Rhythmic Ear Training

    I can recognize intervals just fine but I’m pretty much crap with rhythms. Any tips / training methods?

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    I found Ted Reed's Progressive Steps to Syncopation to be a really good book for me.
    When I got to Berklee, I got put into the fourth year Ear Training class and there was a weekly rhythmic component in the course book and I found it to be really well thought out. We'd be responsible for being able to not just read, but sing (vocalize) the exercises. Maybe I'll post some of the things from that.
    Listening to drummers, from Papa Jo Jones to Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey for starters, getting a feel for how to create weight and space, swing and accent by feel (and off book) would be a helpful step.

    That's a few things I can think of for starters. Good luck!

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    I guess reading a lots of rhythm exercises wouldn't hurt. There are free apps even just for that.

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    Mar 2013
    Yeah I think working really hard at executing rhythms accurately (for example, counting them out) and then reading them from a source like Bellson will help you hear rhythms.

    The analog is with sight singing and hearing pitches.

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    I got something out of Complete Rhythms by Colin and Bower (you can see pages for free on-line).

    Also a book by Lennie Nihaus (sp?). Both of these start each exercise by showing the rhythmic pattern it is based on.

    I think that a key to internalizing it is to figure out what the rhythm is by counting it, if necessary. And then sing it as if it were a drum lick. Not ONE e AND uh one E type thing but, rather, BA du BA du du BAH!

    All the great players I know seem to think of rhythms in terms of this type of scatting.

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    Thanks for the tips, everybody! I’ll see what I can do.

  7. Rhythmic ear training will make you more musical. Just don't forget to internalize the sound on your play. As the goal is to train your ears to hear and feel every beat, feel free to be creative.

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    Sep 2016
    First thing I do do when trying to learn a new melody, improvisation or chords by ear - is to tap the rhythm of the melody, etc. with one hand and tap a steady quarter- or half note pulse with the other hand. Let´s you feel the syncopation and makes finding the corresponding pitches easier.

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    I've done the same with more difficult things but one hand tapping 2&4 while the other tries to get the rhythm right. Not exactly ear training but helped a lot with stuff that don't want to settle in easily. When this started to working, something strange happened with the inner clock, it became almost "physical". It felt that way. But this is a thread-derailing already

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