“It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing).” – Duke Ellington Rhythmic I.Q. – your Rhythmic Imagination Quotient – What is it. What’s it good for. As I write, the Songwriting ABCs channel on YouTube has fourteen videos, with a fifteenth to be added soon. All of these videos are tied to Excerpt 1 from Compose Yourself (my book), which is being serialized here in its entirety. (To get a PDF of Excerpt 1 – free, of course – simply email [email protected] and write “Request Compose Yourself Excerpt 1” in the Subject line.) Incidentally, I will be releasing Excerpt 2 early, so you can read it while we’re playing the dialog games for Excerpt 1. The videos for Excerpt 1 (and future excerpts) will follow this plan:
- First, everyone will be brought up to speed on the sight-reading skills needed to play through the examples. We’ve just finished this phase for Excerpt 1. (This is like a separate course within a course; if you’ve been putting off learning how to read notes, this will be a relatively pain-free introduction.)
- Second, we read and play through all the examples. This is what we’re doing now.
- Third, we play dialog games with the material in the lesson.