Secondary rhythm figures
The "S" in the name of this exercise indicates that it features a secondary rhythm figure.
Secondary figures are an evolution of primary figures where the first event has been removed by a rest or a tie.
IN THIS CASE
The primary figure:
Four sixteenth notes
Has evolved into these two figures:
It took thousands of years for this evolution to take place.
This figure compared to the master figure
The last three
Usage of this figure
This figure is the secondary version of the master figure of the division by four.
In public culture, it is less than a thousand years old.
It is very frequently used.
You will see it often in classical music.
Syncopation or not?
The secondary figures can be written in two different ways:
•With a rest at the beginning
•Preceded by a tie
Using a rest prevents any syncopation.
In the case of a tie, having a syncopation depends on the preceding figure.
Syncopations occur if the initiating note is on a weaker position of the beat.
In this table, all the starting points for the ties are weaker than their arrival on the following beat, except for the quarter note.
How to perform
A: Start by doing this rhythm, using the syllable "Ta".
B: Transform the third "Ta" into a "Tu".
C: Eliminate the "Tu".
Tempo 70 bpm
Tempo 85 bpm
Tempo 100 bpm