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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 The contrast between 'round' and dotted rhythms is something you will need to be careful about here. Getting this right will make a huge effect on your listeners, but needs be be prepared. Tapping out round and dotted rhythms on teh table will help with this process areat deal.
2 The high G gracenotes in this tune should all be short as making some long can make the general rhythm of the tune unclear.
3 At the start of the second part, however, the high G gracenote into the low A doubling is longer than the 'chopping' D gracenote. Listen carefully to the slow midi file to understand this. You may wish to have everyone tap out the full rhythm in the midi files at a slow tempo, including all the gracenotes, to establish that everyone can 'feel' these ryhtyhms.
4 Be careful not to allow the tempo to increase in the second part in particular. The rounded rhythms can cause this and the nature of the tune itself also gives temptation.
5 The rhythm in the second part last bar is different to that in the first part. In musical terms this serves to highlight the different role played by these parts in the tune - one is in the middle and one breaks a pattern to show the ending is about to happen. This is all about musical rhetoric and semiotics.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)