Those insinuating riffs that get stuck in your head. Usually people have a negative connotation with musical earworms, but I propose they can be enjoyable if it’s a song you like. And even if it is not a song you like, with these tricks you can make it fun.
Musical Earworm for Today
Ready to be infected?
What Does The Fox Say?!?!
It’s in your head now. (You can say that sentence ‘it’s in your head now’ with the same rhythmic pattern. did you notice that?)
Turn The Beat Around (Love to hear percussion…)
Now that you’ve got this ear worm riding around in your head, how can you use that to benefit your practice?
- Transcribe the riff. Find those pitches on your instrument and write them down.
- Extra credit: notate the rhythm too.
- Use this riff as an exercise for tonguing. doo-dah-dit-dah-dah. Play the articulation slow, medium, and fast. repeat repeat repeat. That’s how you exercise the tongue muscle and that’s how that muscle gets strong.
- Use this riff as an ear training exercise. Play it in every key.
- Use it as a long tone exercise. Play it slowly in upper octave of your instrument and also lower octave. Take your time with each note by sinking into the tone. Listen to your tone. Is it steady? Is each pitch in tune?
To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey, “Alright, alright, alright! Now we’re having fun with our music practice!”
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