Saturday, October 23, 2010

Understanding Rhythm

Rhythm is perhaps the most important of all the musical elements.  Thus it is of the utmost

importance that we understand how it works.  The pulse of music is known as the beat.  The

rate at which the beat (or pulse) happens is known as the tempo.  The most common of the

times is called 4/4.  A basic way of thinking about is just to realize that we are counting

to 4 over and over.


When one is counting, equal time must be given to beats 1-4


Beats 1, 2, 3, 4  can be thought of as our quarter notes. An easy way of remembering this is

to think about 4 quarters to a dollar, or better yet 4 beats to a measure.


there are other types of notes that we will discuss as well, such as 8th notes, 8th notes

happen on the numbers as well as the "ands".  It takes twice as many 8th notes to fill a

measure.  8th notes are counted 1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4 and.


Sixteeth notes are counted 1 e and a, 2 e and a, 3 e and a, 4 e and a.
it takes twice as many 16th notes to fill a measure. 

In general all we are doing is dividing the time into smaller units.