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More on Konokol, simple exercises

In Theorie on March 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

Regarding improving your rhythm, the following is the Konokol method for practicing music without playing an instrument. One can practice thinking and coordinating rhythmic subdivisions in music.

Try this:
First you need to keep time. Here’s a 4/4 that has a common 4 times quarter note count:
1. For beat 1, simply clap
2. For beat 2, clap with the little finger of your right-hand (if you are right-handed) against your opposite palm
3. For beat 3, clap with your ring finger of the same hand
4. For beat four, clap in the same manner with your middle finger.

Pick a steady tempo, and as you clap each beat say ‘Da’ (or ‘1’). i.e:
Da
Da
Da
Da

To sub-divide into quavers (sub-dividing into halves) say Ta-ka (or ‘2’). Here as you clap, say ‘ta’, then in the exact middle of the space before the next beat say ‘ka’. You have 4 taka’s in one 4/4 bar. i.e:
Ta-ka
Ta-ka
Ta-ka
Ta-ka

To sub-divide into triplet quavers (sub-dividing the quarter note count into thirds or 12ths of one bar) say ‘Ta-ki-ta’. Here as you clap, say ‘ta’, then in two equal spaces before the next beat say ‘ki-ta’. You have 4 takita’s in one 4/4 bar. i.e:
Ta-ki-ta
Ta-ki-ta
Ta-ki-ta
Ta-ki-ta

For semi-quavers (sub-dividing the quarter note count into fourths or 16ths of one bar) say ‘Ta-ka-dim-i’. Here as you clap, say ‘ta’, then in three equal spaces before the next beat say ‘ka-dim-i’. You have 4 takadimi’s in one 4/4 bar. i.e:
Ta-ka-dim-i
Ta-ka-dim-i
Ta-ka-dim-i
Ta-ka-dim-i

To achieve triplet sixteenth note (sub-dividing the quarter note count into sixths or 24ths of one bar) say ‘Ta-ka-dim-i, Ta-ka-Jun-a’. Here as you clap, say ‘ta’,then in five equal spaces before the next beat say ‘ka-dim-i’, plus a further ‘ta-ka’, start the next cycle of six accenting ‘Jun-a’ adding a further ‘Ta-ka-dim-i’, carrying on noting the six counts against the 8’s of the Ta-k-dim-i Ta-k-Jun-a’ cycle. You have 3 takadimi takajuna’s in one 4/4 bar. i.e:

Ta- ka -dim -i Ta -ka
Jun-a Ta -ka -dim -i
Ta -ka -Jun -a Ta -ka
dim -i ta -ka jun-a

To achieve Thirty-second notes (sub-dividing the quarter note count into eighths or 32nds of one bar) say ‘Ta-ka-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a’. Here as you clap, say ‘ta’,then in seven equal spaces before the next beat say ‘ki-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a’. You have 4 takadimi takajuna’s in one 4/4 bar. i.e:

Ta-ka-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a
Ta-ka-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a
Ta-ka-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a
Ta-ka-dim-i Ta-ka-Jun-a

Count as you play and you can hear the rhythms go off in your head.

for more, see: The Gateway of Rhythm Ex 2 Ch 02 Angle 1 – YouTube
Konokol method: Rhythm, Counting & Syncopation

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