Sometime subdividing beats, sometimes combining beats
March 19, 2018
When we are playing slowly and the notes seem to separate from each other and there is no flowing line, it is useful to subdivide the note into 2, 3 or 4 equal parts. This subdivision can occur just in the head, or better yet, in the body. The body can go through all the same motions that it would to play the note again, except that instead of a new sound resulting, the old sound simply continuous.
When we are playing rapidly and the notes don’t seem to flow evenly, it is useful to combine notes into groups of notes. In doing this only the first note of the group is played with any intentionality. The other notes happen as if unintentionally, as if filling in a parenthesis, with physical motions that are more subtle or subconscious.