INSTALLMENT ONE: INTRODUCTION AND STICKING VARIATION
In this first episode, Keith presents the 16 measure rhythmic etude with the most common "subtractive sticking" (or "right hand lead") method, then offers several sticking variations for you to try. As you work through the variations, notice how it changes the feel and phrasing of the etude.
Watch the video, then try out the etudes below. Some are more difficult than others, so be patient as you work through each one!
• One goal may be to see how closely you can get the hands to match in evenness and sound quality.
• Try various stroke styles with each sticking. Contrast a sharp, staccato stroke style with a relaxed, legato stroke style. Can you use a stroke style to add 'weight' to the sound, or a different technique to create a lighter, thinner sound (all at the same volume level)?
• Another might be to embrace the subtle differences in sound and feel that each sticking pattern offers. Does one offer a more 'staccato' sound quality than another? Legato?
• Can you create musical phrases within the rhythmic patterns - and can you use a combination of sticking variations help that phrasing?
• Try playing it in different tempi. Do some sticking patterns lend themselves better to a Largo or Adagio tempo to create a bold, weighted sound? Which one is easiest to play at Presto?
• Are there other variations you want to try? RRRR / LLLL? Paradiddles? RRRL or LLLR? Maybe mixing variations so that you can hear differences in tonal color from one four bar phrase to the next? Experiment with ANY sticking combination to see how that changes your approach, touch and phrasing!
Remember, we want to see what YOU come up with! Upload your video and hashtag us at #MusicalPerspectives! We're looking for creative, musically expressive performances, so try to expand your creativity beyond just playing through the etude with a new sticking!