How to Play Behind the Beat | Violin Viola Cello

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How to play behind the beat, on the beat, or in front of the beat - these are ways to improve your rhythm & create/release rhythmic tension. I made this video for a student in our intensive bootcamp, "Creative Strings Workshop Online". Learn more here: https://christianhowes.com/csw_online/

Rhythmic accuracy and rhythmic feel are two different things. Playing behind the beat, on the beat, or in front of the beat are aspects of rhythmic feel. Whenever you're working on improving your rhythmic feel or rhythmic accuracy, I recommend slowing the tempo way down, recording yourself, and listening back.

Some musicians may prefer to play behind the beat, on the beat, or in front of the beat and any of these choices can be fine. Arguably it is still worth practicing playing behind the beat, just so you know how to do it and have more rhythmic awareness and control of your rhythm in general.

For violin, viola, or cello, another thing that can effect your rhythmic feel is how you use the bow. Whether bowing strategies, bow hold, bow arm, or choice of bowings, all of these things can impact the way your lines feel rhythmically.
Interested in improving Rhythm with the Bow? See this video: https://youtu.be/ivaK7Shbch4
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