Category Archives: Rhythm

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[Edit from Leon: I’ve found an even better tool for sight reading. Check it out here.] When learning to read music you will need materials for practicing. One of the hardest things about learning to sight read is having enough … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 19 – Triplets and Duplets

Triplets are 3 notes that fit in the same rhythmic space as 2 of the same notational value. Triplets are used in simple meters when we need to show a rhythmic value that would normally be found in compound meter. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 18 – Eastman Counting System (Compound Meters)

The Eastman Counting System is a method of counting rhythms using a mixture of numbers and syllables. In this lesson we will continue learning this system with the compound meters. The 3 basic rules for counting any┬ácompound rhythm are: 1. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 17 – Eastman Counting System (Simple Meters)

The Eastman Counting System is a method of counting rhythms using a mixture of numbers and syllables. We will begin learning this system with the simple meters. The 3 basic rules for counting any┬árhythm are: 1. Say the number of … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 16 – Compound Meter

Compound meters are meters in which the beat is divisible by 3. You can easily tell if a meter is a compound meter by the top number of the time signature. The top number can be any number divisible by … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 15 – Simple Meter

Simple meters are meters that the beat is divisible by 2. You can easily tell if a meter is a simple meter by the top number of the time signature. If the top number is 2, 3 or 4 then … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 14 – Time Signatures

Time signatures are the numbers that are placed just after the clef symbol at the beginning of a piece of music. The time signature tells us the exact length of each measure in a piece of music. On a deeper … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 13 – Bars and Bar Lines

A bar, also called a measure, divides and organizes music into meter. A bar doesn’t really mean anything until it has a meter, or time signature. In a bar with the time signature of 4/4, the bar will contain 4 … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 12 – Rests

A rest is a timed pause, or silence in music. Just as we learned about in Lesson #9 (Rhythmic Values) every note has a specific rhythmic value. The same is true for the rests. They even share the same names. … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 11 – Dots and Ties

Dot and ties are two different ways to add time value to any note. Let’s begin by explaining the tie. The tie is used to add the time value of two notes together. A tie can be thought of as … Continue reading

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How to Read Music – Lesson 9 – Rhythmic Values

DOWNLOAD THE FREE RHYTHMIC VALUES POSTER Rhythm is the systematic arrangement of musical sound in time. In order to show this musicians use musical notation. Rhythmic values, the individual mathematical time values of rhythm, are shown with notation such as … Continue reading

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