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Tips for Becoming a Successful Muzundrummer

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Start out nice

When you’re first learning Muzundrum, or when you’re teaching someone the game, skip the competitive stuff, and skip the “sting” rule; just do your best together to create a viable game. Get the hang of things first – get cutthroat later!

Play solo

It is certainly possible – and recommended – to sometimes play Muzundrum solitaire. You can keep score and try to continuously top yourself, or you can skip the scoring and just focus on creating a viable game. Besides making you a better Muzundrummer, playing solo is a great way to polish your music theory chops and to really learn to think in 12 keys.

Strategy Tips

Before playing a die in a certain way, keep in mind what the next player might do with your move. You don’t want to make it easier for them to score a bunch of points: you may not want to add a second note to a triad, for example, when doing so will allow an opponent to complete that triad and add to a scale with one successful roll. You don’t want to hand them a honeypot, either.

Sometimes we find ourselves confronted with the possibility of either completing a triad or adding to a scale with four or five notes in it. Adding to the scale means more points; completing the triad means an extra turn. There are many things to consider when faced with more than one option of how to play a die: How many dice are left still to play? How far are you ahead or behind? What possibilities are you opening up for your opponent(s)?

Watch a Video

Watching the video posts on this site is a great way to get a feel for the game and see some experienced players in action. Check 'em out!

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