Improv Corner: Fourth Ree to One

This is a kind of two-for-one composition. In addition to the “disappearing division” rhythmic construction, there is an association at work here. Do you see it?

Half notes are played as fourths, dotted quarters as thirds and quarters as seconds. The metric system may be interesting for the eurythmics classroom, but a little too restrictive for improvisation pleasure, so you might choose to alter it. Better yet, dispense with it entirely and enjoy the free interplay of different combinations of 4ths, 3rds and 2nds the groupings of 2, 3 and 4 divisions.

This article was originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of Dalcroze Connections, Vol. 5 No. 2.

About Michael Joviala

Michael Joviala teaches at the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance, the Diller Quaile School of Music and Columbia University in New York City. He is the music director of the improvisation collective Loco Motors, and holds the Diplôme Supérieur from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.