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Chapter One

Musical Phrasing

​Once you can play the basic subdivisions of the Standard Timetable comfortably and consistently at a variety of tempos, musical phrasing is the logical next step. Musical styles are defined by how the subdivisions within their rhythms are phrased to give the proper feeling to the music.

Accent Studies address musical phrasing with broad stylistic applications to ensemble figures, soloing and grooving. Muted and open tone interpretation can also be applied to the accented phrasing, allowing for great variance of pitch and melodic color in application.

Chapter 1 - Musical Phrasing

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Accent Studies

Accent Studies address musical phrasing with broad stylistic applications to ensemble figures, soloing and grooving. Muted and open tone interpretation can also be applied to the accented phrasing, allowing for great variance of pitch and melodic color in application.

Video Demonstration 1 interprets Accent Studies around the drumset, as described above, from pg. 4 of the chapter’s Selected Common Sequenced Groupings.

Video Demonstration 2 interprets a Single Musical Motive using a Cross Referencing of Chapter Studies from throughout the book, beginning with pg. 7, Ex. 16, of this chapter’s Accent Studies.

Dynamic Control Studies

Dynamic Control Studies offer great challenges to drummers because they tap into balancing the relationships of the ever-changing velocities of tempo and volume. They also offer possibilities for better-attuned harmonic sensibilities.

Video Demonstration 3 addresses Balancing Dynamic Control and Tempo in musical phrasing, illustrating Examples 1 and 2 of Crescendo & Diminuendo in Roundtable Form, as seen on pg. 13 of this chapter’s studies.

Video Demonstration 4 focuses on ear and touch development in tempo, Exploring Tonality in Time, by illustrating Examples 1 and 2 of the Measured Dynamic Changes on pg. 15 of this chapter’s studies.

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