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Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm.

PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2008 UPDATED: Nov 9, 2015 • BOOK CODE: MPRS-FW1 • VISITS: 44

music ANY guitar ukulele harmonica bass banjo mandolin piano lapsteel drums kazoo Subjects: rhythmcompingreading

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Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1

Product Code: MPRS-FW1
Author(s): Chuck Anderson
Publisher(s): Anderson Music Publications
Published: 2008-09-23
ISBN-10: 0-9719730-4-0
ISBN-13: NA
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 74
Price, Hard Copy: $29
Price, PDF: $15

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

Evolution in Music Education

The difficulty in the study of rhythm has always been its abstract nature - and its mathematical implications. Contrary to popular opinion, being good at math does not guarantee or even indicate the potential for musical proficiency. My observations over the years have supported the theory that musical tendencies are often the outgrowth of communication skills, such as language. Music engineers often show high aptitude in math but not necessarily musicians.

Rhythm has traditionally been taught as a function of math, particularly fractions. Though accurate, this approach has missed one of the most fundamental facts of rhythm. Rhythm is a language and is, as such, phonetic not mathematical. The average student exposed to the math orientation of rhythm has rarely absorbed the essence of rhythm and rarely even becomes proficient at reading rhythm. This often becomes a lifetime barrier to the developing musician.

There is a strong correlation between the ability to spell and strong fundamentals in phonics. Phonetic skills allow us to “sound out” words, even words that we’ve never seen before! We understand the principle of sound as it applies to phonetic combinations. The "sight" of the letter combination triggers a reflexive "sound"; reaction. If rhythm could be broken down into phonetic units, then rhythm would become an easily recognized aural language.

Using the word umbrella as a model, we count 8 letters but only 3 syllables. If we attempt to pronounce this word as 8 sounds u-m-b-r-e-l-l-a, the sound is one of a speech impediment. But if we pronounce it as 3 syllables, we get um-brel-la. This is considerably easier to pronounce as 3 sounds rather than 8 sounds. Modular Phonetic Rhythm approaches rhythm with this syllable orientation.

As in most large systems, the fundamentals are surprisingly limited but the combinations and applications are seemingly endless. Consider how many numbers we have, yet they are all based on the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 How many words are there in the English language and yet we only have 26 letters in our alphabet!

Modular Phonetic Rhythm is based on 26 basic rhythm syllables. These rhythm syllables vary from 1 note to 6 notes and from 1 beat to 4 beats. It is divided into 4 levels based on the subdivision of the beat. Ties and rests are approached as extensions or displacements respectively.

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