In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #57

Ep. #57: Featuring the Great Alan Steinberger on Piano
"I've Got Fascinating Rhythm"




George and Ira Gershwin changed the musical landscape of America, inventing popular songs infused with classic ideas, including one dating back to the Middle Ages: “Syncopation”, a rhythm where the accent falls on the unexpected beat or leaves out the beat.

Try clapping on each syllable: syn-co-pa-tion, or 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. You are clapping on the accent or downbeat. Now try a simple syncopation. Clap only on the highlighted beats: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and.

Both the Gershwin brothers’ “Fascinating Rhythm” (originally titled “Syncopated City”) and “I’ve Got Rhythm” demonstrate the magic that comes when one “loses the beat”. Now, for fun, try the rhythm with and without syncopation:


FASCINATING RHYTHM without syncopation
CLAP: 1 & 2 & 3 & rest, 1 & 2 & 3 & rest, 1 & 2 & 3 & rest, 1 & 2 & 3 rest

FASCINATING RHYTHM with syncopation



CLAP: 1 & 2 & 3 & rest &, 1 & 2 & 3 rest 4 &, 1 & 2 & rest & 4 &, 1 2

MUSE/IQUE's Alan Steinberger creates his own magic, with the premiere of his “I’ve Got Fascinating Rhythm”.