FAIRPLAY IMMERSION – October 2020 – Rhythms Demystified: Polyrhythm edition

£35.00

FAIRPLAY IMMERSION 

Rhythms Demystified: Polyrhythm Edition

In this IMMERSION we look at how to understand, practice and play common polyrhythms (3 against 4 / 4 against 3 and 2 against 3 / 3 against 2). We will use the focus piece ‘One for Sorrow, two for Joy’ which I have written specifically to involve these sneaky little rhythms! I will aim to give you warm up ideas you can use immediately and also moving forwards to help you practice and get into the groove of these polyrhythms. As well as playing them within the piece, we will also work on them purely rhythmically, in exercises and via improvisation, we will immerse ourselves! Whilst this topic is not for the faint hearted, I promise to make it as accessible as possible and it is rather interesting to know about even if you don’t feel you will use the knowledge much in your playing.

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FAIRPLAY IMMERSION 

Rhythms Demystified: Polyrhythm Edition

In this IMMERSION we look at how to understand, practice and play common polyrhythms (3 against 4 / 4 against 3 and 2 against 3 / 3 against 2). We will use the focus piece ‘One for Sorrow, two for Joy’ which I have written specifically to involve these sneaky little rhythms! I will aim to give you warm up ideas you can use immediately and also moving forwards to help you practice and get into the groove of these polyrhythms. As well as playing them within the piece, we will also work on them purely rhythmically, in exercises and via improvisation, we will immerse ourselves! Whilst this topic is not for the faint hearted, I promise to make it as accessible as possible and it is rather interesting to know about even if you don’t feel you will use the knowledge much in your playing.

In this short course we will:

  • Cover the basics, what is a polyrhythm? Where might you find them? Why practice them?
  • Rhythm Warm ups
  • A focus on 3 against 2 /2 against 3 – with improvisation.
  • A focus on 4 agains 3 / 3 against 4 – with improvisation.
  • Polyrhythm exercises related to the main piece (One for Sorrow, Two for Joy) to focus in on tricky sections (Everyday Exercises).
  • Work through an overview of the tune ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’. We will be using the sheet music, but in order to practice the three strands of learning I will also teach parts of this by ear. Extension and simplification ideas will also be covered here.
  • Relax with the lead sheet… a final little treat at the end if there is time!

Online short Course

The course will initially be delivered live on Sunday 11th October 2020 over a 2 hour time slot 3.30PM-5.30PM BST. The session will include a short break for fingers and brains around half-way through. After the live event you will receive a link to the recorded materials which will include approximately 90 minutes of video training, along with some explanatory text and sheet music downloads for you to print out and keep. You will be able to access for 12 months after the IMMERSION. It is fun to attend live but do not worry if you cannot make it, you will be able to access all the materials afterwards.

In addition working on the piece and polyrhythms, my main aim is to cover ideas that will be useful in your future learning, so you can continue to work on improving all the time.

This course is similar to one week of the START HARP  or Flourishing Harpist 12 week intensive online courses for beginner to upper intermediate harpists. Full details on www.FairplayHarpSchool.com

“Great immersion! As usual, Shelley went above and beyond.” Rebecca Blakeney referring to last IMMERSION (START HARP Level 1, 2 and 3 graduate!)

Following the same ethos and delivery style as the main 3 START HARP 12 week courses, we look at playing from sheet music, improvising and playing by ear all with an underlying focus on a good strong playing technique.

This course is aimed at advanced beginner to advanced intermediate level harpists. To be honest as long as you can read treble and bass clef at least a little bit and can play with all four fingers (and turn) you will be able to take this course. Simplification and extension ideas are offered as we go along so lots to keep everyone busy!

You will have 12 months access to these videos and materials.

When you sign up you will automatically receive a confirmation on email from this website. If you are signing up before the live session you will receive the meeting link and sheet music by 1pm BST on Sunday 11th October 2020. If you do not receive any details when excepted please check your spam/junk file and if it is not hiding there email me on info@harpwales.com.

So just to remind you, in this short course we:

  • Cover the basics, what is a polyrhythm? Where might you find them? Why practice them?
  • Rhythm Warm ups
  • A focus on 3 against 2 /2 against 3 – with improvisation.
  • A focus on 4 agains 3 / 3 against 4 – with improvisation.
  • Polyrhythm exercises related to the main piece (One for Sorrow, Two for Joy) to focus in on tricky sections (Everyday Exercises).
  • Work through an overview of the tune ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’. We will be using the sheet music, but in order to practice the three strands of learning I will also teach parts of this by ear. Extension and simplification ideas will also be covered here.
  • Relax with the lead sheet… a final little treat at the end if there is time!

Full price for this one off IMMERSION is £35.

If you prefer you can subscribe to my Patreon account (Tier 4) where you pay a monthly fee to access the monthly IMMERSIONS along with various other benefits including monthly live Q & A sessions. Full details here: https://www.patreon.com/ShelleyFairplay

Comments from students who have attended previous IMMERSION

  • Insider info…don’t miss it but prepare yourself to be bombarded with info in the nicest possible way???
  • Don’t miss it! And don’t be surprised if you feel overwhelmed if you do it live. Shelley basically fits a full week of Start Harp into 2 hours, so it’s a lot to take in live — but then you can go back and work with the videos as you’re already used to doing in Start Harp. Or you can miss the live bit and just do the videos afterward. I did my best learning of Spiraling Shoots after the fact, when my brain was quiet and I could hear myself think and appreciate what I was playing.
  • I couldn’t join live so learnt it from the recordings, which are great.
  • I was glad to be on the live presentation, although it was early in the morning. However, due to more pressing priorities, I tabled my practice efforts for a future time—hopefully, in September. That is a benefit of the Immersion structure. Sign up for the class and add to your repertoire when you are ready.
  • I also saw it in the replay. It’s great to be able to go over everything slowly…