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18                            Extempore Playing
(b) Invent, and play, phrases introducing all first in­versions, but confining subordinates to scale-line bass.
Diversity of Rhythm
Having hitherto confined ourselves to uniform rhythm, it is now time to depart from this strict plan by introducing varied time-values. This is done by the use of the dot, and by the adding and dividing of beats.
The possibilities of variety are endless, and the study of rhythm in all its bearings is a very interesting subject. At present, however, it will be best for the student to con­fine himself to only slight departures from uniformity.
In arranging long and short values, it should be observed that when the long are accented, and precede the short, the rhythm is said to be 'regular,' and that the contrary ar­rangement is called 'irregular.' The latter usually sounds wrong unless repeated. Only regular rhythm should be used at present. Symmetry is secured by taking any given pattern of values more than once. If this is not done, some other design should be obvious, such as either gradually increasing or reducing the number of notes em­ployed in the measure.
Here are a few patterns:
Other designs should be invented by the student, written down, and kept in view when playing.
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