Jacob’s Analogy for Rhythmic Subdivision

Analogies are a great way to understand new concepts, for we learn more about something new when we can view it in a variety of contexts.  While talking about the importance of subdividing for rhythmic accuracy, Jacob (a middle school trumpet student) came up with a wonderful analogy during his lesson.  He not only envisioned how someone jumping rope needed a great sense of rhythm, but also how the jumpers often do smaller steps between the actual leap over the rope.  Those extra steps require precise timing of their own and also keep the body active and up to speed for the upcoming action.  That sounds exactly like the positive attributes of subdividing in music to me.  Smart kid, that Jacob…Thanks!

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