In this Exercise book we cover all the basics to do with finding cool grooves and interesting rhythms on the hammered dulcimer. We will learn about accented notes and how to use them to create new rhythms. We will use unusual time signatures and various combinations of R and L to find grooves you may not have thought about before. We will learn about syncopation and how to play a different rhythm with each hand. Plus we will practice playing a groove within a groove (changing time signature for a sort time then changing back to the original). We will finish by learning some groove loops so we can practice grooves within a melodic structure.
1. Accented notes 1.1 - 1 2 3 4 Right hand start and Left hand start (add melody) 1.2 - 1 2 3 Right hand start and Left hand start (add melody)
1.3 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (add melody) 1.4 - Random time signature, LR Combo and accented notes (melody added)
2. Time signatures. 2.1 - 6/8 going up the ladder 2.2 - 7-9-11 time signatures (with random accented melodies) 2.3 - Switching time signatures - Mix 1234 and 123 (1234 1234 123 123 12) 2.4 - Adding swing and groove to time signatures
3. Syncopated Rhythms 3.1 Both R L R Both R L R (add melody) 3.2 Both L R L Both L R L (add melody) 3.3 Both R L R Both L R L (add melody)
4. Squares and triangles and lines 4.1 line right / triangle left 4.2 line left / triangle right
4.3 triangle right / square left 4.4 triangle left / square right
5. RLRL combinations 5.1 Printout of every combination of R and L in all time signatures 5.2 RR-LL-RR-LL (double hit rolls) 5.3 RR-LL-RR-LL with swing (dizzi jig) 5.4 RRLRLLRL paradiddle (we’re walking in the air) 5.5 RRLRLLRL paradiddle with added swing!
6. Groove Loops adding melody to grooves 6.1 River flow with rolls
6.2 Dizzi Jig RRLL RLRLL 6.3 Cosmic sister Both R L R Both R L R Both Both.play lead on top.