Back to the song New York Empire State of Mind, (which was mentioned in my first tip) Jay-Z joins Alicia Keys rapping along with the tune. Notice that the rap fits in exactly within the frame of the song. Both, Jay-Z and Alicia are singing separately during most of the song. When they join together at the last chorus they sing each other’s line without losing the continuous rhythm of the song. By doing that they complement each other musically which sounds as if they were singing in harmony.
To achieve that you need to practice beating the rhythm repeatedly at the same speed, (commonly known as tempo) while singing the tune ‘ New York’ on top of the beat.
It shouldn’t be too difficult if you repeat the exercise until it runs smoothly.
Let’s take an easy exercise: Start tapping a four beats pattern (what is called a bar) making the 1st. beat of the four much louder than the other three like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on. Repeat this rhythm without stopping until you can hear it inside your body as if it was your heart beating.
Now, as you’re continually tapping the rhythm try to sing the tune New York in this way: sing ‘New’ on the 1st. beat and then ‘York’ on the last 3 beats like yoooorkk as you’re stretching your voice until the end of the 3rd. beat, in the same way Alicia stretches hers.
Repeat this exercise until you can hear both, the tapping and the singing inside your body while keeping the same speed (the tempo) all along. If you can do it well, you’ll have a wonderful sensation inside your body of sound and rhythm coming together in harmony.
If you’re familiar with Jay-Z’s rap you can join with him in the same way you joined Alicia earlier while beating the beat in the same speed. When you practice these exercises on a regular basis (in both sing and tap at the same time) you’ll be able to gain control of your rhythm skills perfectly.
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