# Category Archives: Rhythm

## Great tool for practicing sight-reading

[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

## 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

## 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 compound rhythm are: 1. … Continue reading

## 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 rhythm are: 1. Say the number of … Continue reading

## 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

## 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