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How to Use a Rhythm Motif in a Solo

Learn how to use a rhythm motif in a solo with this keyboard tutorial from Howcast.


Hi this is Stephanie Sanders from Tomatoes House of Rock, and I'm going to show you how to use a rhythmic motif in a solo. So we've already looked at a melodic motif in a different video but now we're going to think about motifs which also can mean pattern in a rhythmic way. So while we could get specific and say okay, I want a quarter note, two eighth notes and another quarter note for the rhythm, when you're thinking about motifs sometimes I find it's better to give yourself a little bit more room. So for instance maybe you're rhythmic pattern is just long, short, short, long. So that means you can stretch it, it can get shorter, maybe you play it really fast, maybe you play it really long, but mostly with a rhythmic motif it really allows you to start exploring scales because if you've got that rhythmic backbone starting to try to move around might feel a little bit less intimidating because there's always that groove behind it.

So let's look at a C minor penetonic scale, which we would have C, E flat, F, G, B flat, D, and of course if we're going to add the blue note in would be that F sharp. So if my pattern is long, short, short, long maybe I play, maybe I play it completely different. Maybe I say, but there's still that long, short, short, long feeling going. So yeah it's really up to you to experiment, use the whole keyboard and play with the rhythm. You know you don't have to be completely striped. Add in other beats if it feels good, but really use that strong rhythm as a starting place to build your solo. All right let's see what it sounds like with some music.

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