Syncopation for the nation (Part 1)

Hello everyone!

As you may know, we’re back on our feet and feeling stronger than ever! At the beginning of the month we launched an online learning platform that has proven really successful and that we combine with our improved online classes.

With our mind towards the summer season, we encourage you to get information before we get all our spots filled up, both face to face and online!

On the same note,  today we bring you a post connected to the summer season, the time of festivals and concerts that, this year, may have to be modified to make them safe for all of us but, guess what? There are many other ways of enjoying music and today we bring you one by our teacher Steve who is going to tell you eveything about music, rhythm and the English language. Scroll down to give it a read!

 

 

There’s an interesting fact to point out about English that someone told me over a pint a while back: that English is stress-timed compared to a Latin based language which is syllable-timed. When I first heard this years ago it stayed with me because I have always been interested in music and even studied it for a few years so this little datum struck a chord with me.

Fastforward to the present day and, now being a language teacher myself, I saw the relationship between my mother tongue and music becoming more relevant and yet it was still a cave I hadn’t spelunked…

So here’s an example of what I mean when I say interesting. Tap a standard 4/4 beat yourself. All this involves is counting a steady 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Tap or clap that beat and say the sentences below, can you manage to say each line on, or inside, the 4 beats?

Drums are loud
Drums are played loud
Drums are often played loud
Drums are enjoyed when played loud

So if you stressed the words correctly then of course you can say each phrase in the same amount of time.  Adding words doesn’t mean needing more time to actually say them. Perculiar. It’s down to emphasising the right words in the sentence and also stressing certain syllables in a word while dropping weaker sounds.

More on this in the next post!

 

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