So let's take a simple Am scale passage, and apply the displacement concept to it to gain a clearer understanding.
- First, we'll play through the note sequence.
- Then, we'll shift the passage one 16th note to the right. Be sure the displacement is only by one sixteenth note. A common mistake here is to leave an eighth note gap. The sixteenth displacement is actually a fair bit more challenging and causes the mind to wander if the passage being played is not fully internalized. A helpful tool here is to make a mental note of where the initial 16th note should be - I often make a point to "semi-phrase" the note(s) as a reference point, i.e. pick a muted note in its place.
- Thirdly, we'll shift into an eighth note displacement
- And finally, let's shift things to the right by a dotted eighth note. This one also presents a bit of an issue, as we get the sixteenth displacement sound due to the 1.5 note value of the opening rest.