Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ticket 57: Use Rhythmic Displacement

Repeat a melody fragment or riff, but start on a different beat. The 3 over 4 hemiola (see Ticket 29) is a small example of this approach.

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?


Black Dog – riff (Led Zeppelin)
Cult Of Personality – riff (Living Colour)
Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin)
Kashmir – riff (Led Zeppelin)
Little Wonder – bridge vocals (David Bowie)
Monkey Doodle Doo (from The Cocoanuts) (Berlin)
Something's Coming – West Side Story (Bernstein)
Something's Gotta Give (Mercer)
Walk This Way – riff (Aerosmith)

See also

Ticket 9: Recycle Musical Cells
Ticket 15: Change Time Signatures Between Sections
Ticket 29: Use Polyrhythms
Ticket 37: The Lennon Edit

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Further Reading: Afro Impro: Rhythmic Displacement

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