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Rhythm
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In each of the above, only one variation is employed beyond the uniform arrangement.
Higher rhythmic developments still show simplicity of design, e.g.,
Really complicated rhythms are rare, and they always include an element of repetition, to help the ear in follow­ing their involutions; e.g.,
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The keyboard student cannot be too strongly urged to aim at simplicity, following theexampleof the great masters.
In applying some of the rhythmic devices here given to practical use it is helpful to notice that any given figure is seldom used only once. Unity and variety may be secured within the limits of a four-measure phrase by selecting any figure and using it twice, either in the first and second measures, or in the first and third, while the remaining measures may contain some other figure. Examples:
Exercise 26.
(a) Write out many varieties of duple and triple rhythms, using only next-larger and next-smaller values, and noting which are regular and which irregular.
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