Rhythmic Targeting Preview


Rhythmic targeting is a term describing musical ideas built around a specific beat or division of a beat within a measure to create rhythmic drive and continuity. A player or composer will use a rhythmic target as a place to end or begin musical phrases, or simply as a point of strong emphasis within a phrase. Using this method, a musician can create many variations that are all linked by a common rhythmic focus. A target can be any part of a measure, on or off the beat. Rhythmic targets occur most often inside a group of measures, once every two or four measures. This alternating of measures with and without a target adds a sense of call and response that further enhances the rhythmic excitement.

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