Syncopated Rhythms

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Syncopated Rhythms

Demonstration, 8 min 58 sec, 56.5 MB Flash Video

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This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles".

In this video I play syncopated rhythms, something that spans many different genres, from Latin and Blues, Traditional and Modern, Folk and Rock. It is also a style that the hammered dulcimer excels at, because it is a percussion instrument, and the speed and precision of the rolls and riffs it is capable of lends itself to this style. In all these videos I have kept the sound purely the dulcimer alone, but you might try tapping the back beat yourself. Often just before I take off into the snycopation, I’ll hit the back beat a couple times to lead out.

It is a short collection of short clips. I wanted each clip to be long enough to give a real example, while doing as many different beats as possible. Syncopation is something both specific and so basic that I can’t begin to show every syncopated beat I know, much more what is possible on the dulcimer. What I tried to do was show how I used syncopation in specific examples, which also show how basic qualities of the dulcimer and techniques of playing are incorporated into the specific examples.

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