This week’s quick fix is one of my favorites, since it’s helped me improve my rhythmic precision.
Are ties messing up your rhythm? If so, you’re not alone – ties are great to create musical tension and suspension, but they can also obscure the rhythm.
The quick fix? Practice the passage a few times, tonguing the tied note so you can better feel the rhythm and subdivision. After this feels comfortable, add the tie back in for more solid and stable rhythm.
A lot of times, like in the musical example below, the tie connects to a downbeat. If the rhythm isn’t precise, it can also interfere with the rhythm of the following notes. Tonguing the tie will help you get a better sense of the downbeat and consequently improve your rhythm.