Yesterday a beginning piano student showed up for his lesson, paid me money, and then refused to do anything with the piano.
To save me the trouble of repeating and emphasizing what I just said, reread that first sentence over and over again until it really sinks in.
As it turns out, my student’s guitar teacher, “He’s a really great teacher,” cannot explain to my student how to play the Metallica song One. This kid really needs a certain kind of clarity which, in his opinion, only I can provide.
For educational and review purposes, here is the relevant clip. Do buy a copy of this recording if you like complex rhythms beyond the scope of this article. It is rife with interesting rhythms.
I don’t know why, but he wanted to see it correctly written out in notation. False modesty aside, it took me a couple listens and then I wrote it out by hand in his notebook. For clarity I scored the rhythm in Finale:
And now here is the meat of our “piano” lesson. My student imitated until he could reproduce what I will demonstrate now.
So I tricked my student. He does not realize that I taught him a bit of precision playing and coordination that will be of value in future, shall we say, music lessons.