Music Theory: How Displacement Technique Can Help You Compose & Play More Interesting Music

By understanding this simple but seldom-discussed rhythmic technique you can take simple musical parts and make them more interesting. Jordan Rudess shows you how.  

With so much focus on technology it's important to also remember that an understanding of music theory plays an important role in your development as a player and musician. In this short video from the course Music Theory 302: Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Explored, keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess explores the concept of rhythm and more specifically, the concept of displacement. 

The idea of displacement involves changing the way you think of the first note in a pattern in numerical terms, so a pattern stops being a simple 1-2-3-4-5 for example and every time you repeat a pattern, the accent is on a different note. Using this technique you can make much more interesting rhythmic patterns out of your sequences and get a completely different feel without having to radically change the way you play. Be sure to check out the other videos in this live action course to learn much more about the fundamentals of understanding rhythm in music theory and how this can help you. 

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Music Theory 302: Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Explored

Jordan dives into rhythm like nobody else can. With his amazing communication skills, he makes the complexities of advanced rhythmic techniques simple and understandable. This course, with its vast collection of online exercises, keyboard closeups and huge downloadable companion PDF, is a valuable resource to anyone who is looking to explore and expand their rhythmic universe.

We travelled to the keyboard king, Jordan Rudess’ private studio, with three cameras in tow, to bring you this deep exploration of modern rhythmic techniques. Jordan is not just a master musician, he is also a dedicated and thoughtful teacher who loves to share his musical knowledge with the world! That’s why we are thrilled to bring this exclusive course to our members!

So if you’re an instrumentalist, composer, producer or music teacher… this course is for you. If you compose rock, electronic, classical music or film scores… this course is for you, too! This "Jordan Rudess: Rhythm Explored" course is for everybody who wants to expand their musical command of rhythm!

Watch the full course Music Theory 302: Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Explored in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | AskVideo

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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