Looking at More Complex Polyrhythms – Music Theory Crash Course

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So in the last video I gave a short introduction to polyrhythms and mostly talked about 2 against 3 and 3 against 4. But while I was working on that video I was trying to come up with different ways to visualize the polyrhythms besides just using the music notation. After looking back at the first video I did, I think I should share these other visualizations with you because they might help someone understand what a polyrhythm is besides just looking at one on sheet music.
Polyrhythms are based on the concept that any note can be broken down into any number of smaller notes – musicians call this subdividing or subdivisions. The idea is that you can take any note and divide it equally into 2 parts, 3 parts, 4 parts, into infinity. And a polyrhythm is created when you play two different subdivisions at the same time. My first idea was to use shapes and in the video we look at a few examples using this method. My next idea was to use a simple rectangle, then for however many subdivisions there are, divide the rectangle evenly. We listen to some examples of this in the video as well as combining polyrhythms into poly-polyrhythms? Not sure what to call it, but you’ll see what I’m talking about at the end of the video.
I hope this gives you another way to think about polyrhythms and maybe some ideas about how you can practice polyrhythms on your own. Thank you for watching. If you would like to support this channel please check out the Patreon link in the description.

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pop says:

I don't usually comment on videos, but I wanted to thank you for all your hard work in teaching us these things. Your videos are a refreshing way to learn and you explain things really well. Thank you.

TheGamerKlak Variety Channel says:

Would 4 on 3 (4 beats a measure at the same time as a line with 3 beats a measure) be a polyrhythm?

TeamIslas says:

Killer vid as always!

sumptng says:

One against two against three against four against five looks like a smiley face, your argument is invalid.

Erzs F says:

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