Rhythm - the philosophy of music
Rhythm is very important in music. Rhythm is the
philosophy of music - melody is the feeling. So, the philosophy
of music is very simple and yet very hard to be understood by the
boy who wants to become a musician (excuse me girls - I use "boy"
because it sounds better:-).
The moment you play, you have to feel relaxed
and really play whatever you like. In this way you are able to
keep the rhythm naturaly and the melody or the feeling that comes
out is really beautiful. But this is achieved after years of every
day practice and growth (at least for me it took years - and I'm
This is not only true for improvisation but
for learned songs too. If you don't let the rhythm take control,
the melody won't be nice either. May be the reverse is also
true - if you don't play a nice melody, the rhythm is spoiled.
Let me play a little drum for you. Right-click
and save target as...
This word has a crazy spelling r-h-y-t-h-m
but it has something rhythmical in the way it sounds - "rhythm".
Anyway, rhythm is in every sound of the
world. I'll try to illustrate this with an example: Sometimes
when I play with my friends they get distracted and become
talking to each other and then, I can hear them talking
like some rappers - in a beautiful rhythmical way.
When you experience such rhythmical "enlightenments"
it is very pleasant, but as I mentioned in another article,
you have to always remember what was your aim in the beginning
in order to achieve it. In our case, feeling this rhythmness
of the world is only a way to play better (or maybe just
inspiration for my long rhythm article :-)
Peter Stankov's latest album
I've recorded many hours of music and here's my latest
work, considered the best so far by my friends and myself.
It's called Cerotonine - World Music and there is a free track
for you. Click here to see