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Rhythm Makes Us Tap Our Feet!

Korean born award-winning classical guitarist Bokyung Byun shares insights on the importance of rhythm and practicing with the metronome.

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ARTIST FEATURE: From Juilliard to USC and from symphony stages to first prizes at international guitar competitions, meet Bokyung Byun, classical guitarist and pedagogue from South Korea. She is joining us this week as our featured artist. Let’s see what she has to say about rhythm and time in music!

1) Why is rhythm important?

Rhythm is an essential element of all music. It is what makes us tap our feet, sway from side to side, and connect with sounds.

2) How do you practice your rhythm and sense of time?

I would say I almost always practice with a metronome. I do it especially with new pieces to establish a a strong sense of pulse so that I can have fluidity in phrasing and timing without rushing or dragging beats.

" Fluidity in phrasing and timing comes from having a strong sense of pulse! "

3) What are your favorite rhythmic exercises?

Metronome is a great tool to monitor your progress. Practicing music requires a lot of patience, and progress is not always linear so it can be difficult to measure. Therefore, having a metronome is a great way to set goals, visualize, and keep track of your progress. As I said above, metronome also helps us gain a theoretical understanding of rhythm, which allows us to play with freedom without loosing a sense of pulse.

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on Metronome Online?

I love that it gives easy access to a metronome for everyone. It’s accessible through any device, anywhere. It also keeps track of your practice sessions like a practice journal!

VIDEO: Check out Bo’s amazing performance of El Villano by the famous Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco by clicking on the video below.

Rhythm Makes Us Tap Our Feet!

Bokyung Byun

Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun​ enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Notably, she is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. This win is among many wherein Ms. Byun excelled in the competitive circuit, including first-prize finishes at the Frances Walton Competition, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition. A bevy of orchestras, festivals, workshops, and guitar societies look to Ms. Byun for solo performances and masterclasses. In recent seasons, Ms. Byun has performed as a soloist with orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, West Los Angeles Symphony, among others. Ms. Byun’s debut recording has been praised as “a very beautiful disc. From the first notes of the “Gallarda” from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Escarraman, we are treated to extraordinary musicianship, technical assurance, and beauty of sound” (Soundboard Magazine). Ms. Byun holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.


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