Breakdown Theory - Part 1

Covering the basics of breakdowns before diving deep into substitutions, odd/even time frames and more.

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Greetings fellow Axemen & Axeladies,

This lesson is covering the simple aspects of note/chord application to numbers in breakdowns as well as understanding how the tempo/space factors into the usage of these numbers.

Feel free to follow this entire series here on Ultimate Guitar and Youtube. Lots more tome in the RRMS Lesson Series.

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Ryan Reedy is a producer, teacher, engineer, creator of Nysiis (progressive metal), and Youtube host of the RRMS Lesson Series coming to viewers every Monday.

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    Pros - That guitar is freakishly cool. I want one. Cons - talking about tempo and rhythm and how they affect speed, and instead of talking about beats and meter, you talk about numbers. If you say "I play numbers 2 and 3 in 140 BPM", what the hell do those numbers actually mean? They can practically mean anything because they're just numbers. It's a very poor way of actually understanding rhythm. I understand that it's pretty easy to approach and teach, but it's a poor way to understand rhythm in any deeper way than just a bunch of mechanical numbers, and rhythm really isn't only about mechanics. I watched the video almost fully through, and I didn't hear a single mention of a quarter note, or a eighth note, or even a rest. You just called rests "spaces". I think the idea of this lesson is nice, but it's unnecessarily dumbed down.
    I appreciate you taking time to check it out. Thanks for the constructive criticisms. I hope that you will enjoy Part 2 as it dives more into what you were talking about.
    Yeah, it'd be okay but this doesn't take into account things like dotted notes or triplets or anything like that, and it's going to be pretty hard to explain those with numbers only. How are you going to explain a 8th note triplet by numbers? This works for straight eighth and quarter note rhythms, but when we go deeper into more odd subdivisions it falls apart.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to check out the video. I appreciate your constructive criticisms.