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David's Tip of the Day: Dynamics - Change within the Lick

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Listening to Kim's "Hunch Rhythm" I'm sure you noticed that he didn't reserve dynamic change for only chord change, he also would...

1) Start a lick soft and then finish LOUD

2) Start a lick LOUD and then finish soft

3) Start a lick soft, then go LOUD and back to soft

4) Start a lick LOUD, then go soft and back to LOUD

5) Play punctuated note(s) VERY LOUD to surprise and excite you

This is a template for your next recording assignment. Try all of these. Surprise the listener... be erratic... be unpredictable... play softly to lull them into a soft groove and then smack them over the head with a loud note combination. Have fun... be over the top... softer-softs and louder-louds. Be DYNAMIC!