View Full Version : Rhythmic Mnemonics & Vocables

07-07-2005, 01:56 PM
Just wondering if anyone has a list of cool mnemonics &/or vocables for rhythmic work? You know, stuff like "Ta de da" or "tri-pe-lette" to get the hang of triplets; "don't mess it up" for 2 against 3 polyrhythms; and that sort of thing...?

For reference, I keep running into a wall when I hit subdivisions of 7 (I can play them in an academic way, but it lacks "groove", which to my mind is paramount). Also, in utilizing odd divisions against standard 4s (for example) - like 5:4 - it sometimes helps (me, at least) to have mastered it with simple hand percussion first.

Thanx in advance!

07-07-2005, 02:32 PM
take a look...

07-07-2005, 02:56 PM
Heh... for 3 against 4, there's the classic "pass the godd*** butter"

07-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Carma: These are cool. Do you have any with left-hand, right-hand instructions for percussiionists?

Poparad: Hahaha!! Yes - notice I used "mess" instead of "f***", which is the way I learned it. Unforunately, I only remember those two (2:3 & 3:4). Do you remember any more of them?