Bored with playing the same predictable rhythms when you’re improvising? Break it up using the rhythms in names.
Say these names aloud and feel the rhythmic pulses in them, especially where the stressed syllables are:
John Lee Hooker
The Grateful Dead
Queens Of The Stone Age
Florence And The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The stressed syllable is the downbeat. Now try this:
- Pick 1 and play a scale using the rhythm of that name.
- Pick 2 and play a scale mixing the rhythms of those names.
- Freak Out.