I'd like to be a better musician. I have a poor sense of rhythm. I can get by, but I wish I were better. Is there anything I can do? Listening to beats in headphones all day? Or am I doomed to just try my hardest and being mediocre?
posted by cmm
on Jun 10, 2014 -
by Cheb Mami for some reason has exactly the perfect rhythm for running. However, if I listened to it for the whole 3 miles or whatever, I would go insane. I mean, it's a nice enough song, but. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Apr 9, 2014 -
I'm in a new relationship with a guy. We've started having sex, and when he gets really close to orgasming, I lose the rhythm somehow, and he can't come. Help. [more inside]
posted by swamp rocket
on Sep 15, 2013 -
I've been enjoying the hell out of Van Morrison's recordings with Them, and Janis Joplin's with Big Brother. I've realized they have something in common: a singer with impeccable rhythm, phrasing and timing -- better than nearly anyone in rock music, and up there with the greats of soul, jazz and gospel -- backed by a much sloppier, garage-ier bunch of instrumentalists. To a lesser extent, The Who and the White Stripes have the same thing going on: I'd say their respective frontmen had "good enough" rhythm rather than anything brilliant, but they were definitely the ones holding the whole band together from the top, while the rhythm section flopped and flailed around underneath. So: where else does that combination show up? (Doesn't necessarily have to be in rock, either, though the examples I've got all are. If you've got some long-lost recording of Nas, Nina Simone or Elvis Presley backed by the Shaggs, now's your chance to bring it out.) [more inside]
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______.
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach.
I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours.
I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well.
This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up)
On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things?
It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JamesBlakeAV
on Feb 27, 2013 -
[sex filter] Rhythm issues . . . Um . . . Am I . . . loose? Dimensionally, I mean. NSFW, more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 28, 2012 -
What specific practice techniques improved your ability to keep tempo while playing a musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by hindmost
on Sep 28, 2011 -
I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman
on Sep 19, 2011 -
What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
posted by yesno
on Aug 14, 2011 -
One of my greatest wishes in life would be to swing dance/jitterbug/jive etc. with my husband. I used to swing dance a lot with friends and at dances, and now I've got my sights set on the jitterbug
HOWEVER. My husband, bless his heart, has NO sense of rhythm. [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger
on Jan 7, 2011 -
How can I learn to hear something as syncopated? Whether it's Brahms or something from jazz, I have a tendency to hear things as being on the beat when they shouldn't be, and I have a hard time getting out of it. Suggestions?
posted by dicetumbler
on Apr 19, 2009 -
I'm looking for some books on music (the playing thereof). One on developing rhythmic skills and then any good recomendations on the performance of classical music. [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Feb 10, 2009 -
Jazz-heads - help me fill out my Xmas wish-list. Especially seeking those with rec's for (say) quartets to octets featuring Baritone Sax, Trombone, and/or strong and prominent rhythm sections. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on Dec 2, 2007 -
PoetryFilter: I read Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo" for the first time a few days ago and I love its very, very strong rhythm. What are other poems that share such a strong rhythm and energy?
posted by devilsbrigade
on May 31, 2005 -
This Friday, my daughter and I are hosting a drum circle. This will be the first one in our small Midwestern town (that I know of, anyway). We are both still very much beginners; we know some rhythms, but aren't adept soloists. (So we're not really qualified, but we're not letting that stop us.) Please share your favorite strategies for a fun drum circle that gets everyone in the groove.
posted by bricoleur
on Mar 8, 2005 -
I'm pretty good at visual things. Heck, it's my job. However, the more and more I get into multimedia, the more concerns I have about my musical ability. I've never cared about it until now (don't dance either), but now I realize that having a sense of rhythm or tempo could really help my work. How do I even begin improving my aural and timing skills? Do I have to go find Kevin Bacon and get footloose? [more inside]
posted by Stan Chin
on Oct 7, 2004 -
Weird music question: In The Rasmus' "In the Shadows," the song begins with a recurring siren that initially seems to set the rhythm of the song. When the guitars come in, they very strongly take over the rhythm, relegating the siren to background syncopation. This produces a very strange "about-face" sensation when listening to the song. [more inside]
posted by precocious
on Jun 12, 2004 -
In trance/techno music, where does the following pattern come from: A major bass hit on the first beat of the measure, then doubling to the first and third beat a couple measures later, then every beat, then eighth notes, sixteenth notes - usually accompanied by a melodic glissando climbing octaves or a vocal loop stuttering - until it releases (usually to a short pause) and then plunges into the full bass loop (and usually the chorus). Where'd this come from? What/who was the first song or DJ to use it?
posted by ao4047
on Jan 8, 2004 -