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  • One really good exercise that I think most musicians, a lot of artists, a lot of

  • people use this, it's a really good way to check your own judgment to see how to

  • improve your judgment. Because it's your judgment you're working with. So one way to

  • do that is- it's an easy way to apprentice. What you do is you find a recording of a passage

  • or song or an artists, that has the kind of time and rhythm that you like, you sayWow,

  • that's cool. I wish I could be that-” whatever. That fluent or that smooth or that

  • swinging or that whatever. What ever your concept is.You say,“Boom. I wish I could-" see

  • languages,” it's so hard to describe. “I wish I could do that.” So, what you

  • do is you take that as a model. And for the first step in practice is try to duplicate

  • it. Just mimic it completely. See if you can find out by mimicking it, what the points

  • in it are that you like, technically. You can mimic it. I used to do that with Bud Powell's

  • music. And I tried to mimic his motion. So I get the flow of his rhythm and so forth.

  • That's step number one. And then turn the recording off and play it yourself and see

  • if that has helped you get the groove and improve. That's one way to do it. That's-I'm

  • going to give you the ultimate exercise in a second. But that's one way to do it, when

  • you're on your own in your practice room. Another thing that I wanted to say is another

  • method that musicians use that is really great, that I think is really valid, is that you

  • record yourself. Use a sequencer or use a recorder of any kind or video, use an actual video

  • recorder. And record yourself playing something. Something that you would like to judge whether-

  • on what level it is. What you need to improve and then play it back and look at it or listen

  • to it and go, “Well that's too much this way and it needs more of that.” So now practice

  • more of that toward whatever your ideal is. Because the tricky thing is, only you're going

  • to know when you reach a point where you go, “Oh yeah, thats pretty good.” Who else

  • is going to tell you that? Who, that matters? You're not looking for admiration at this

  • point. You're looking for, you've got to know. So you've got to start trusting

  • your own judgment. Now the ultimate exercise is not only in improving time, but improving

  • anything that you'd like to improve as a musician, is what I called, what is generally

  • known as the apprenticeship system. Apprenticeship. Now when you're an apprentice, you find

  • a “master,” to work with. It could be anyone. It could be your next door neighbor

  • who plays a little bit better than you. Or a friend. Or whoever it is who's got an

  • ability that you think you would like to have too. And you go play with him, you go work

  • with him, you go collaborate with, you go make music together and this is how anyone

  • learns a trade, or anyone learns the piano, or how anyone learns an instrument. You go

  • and play with other musicians that can help you understand the area that you're trying

  • to learn in and so forth. That's called an apprenticeship. Work with a band, work

  • with another musician. Always with the idea that you want to learn something and you're

  • there to assimilate what positive things you see and learn from them. And that is the ultimate,

  • secretof improving your time, your rhythm.

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The "Secret" to Improving Your Rhythm and Time by Chick Corea

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