Rhythm is the way that music is spread out over time. It's about know when to play and when not to play. It's about getting into the groove, understanding the groove, and creating your own groove. Mastery of rhythm will add nuance to your playing, allowing you greater expressiveness and creativity in your music.
Master Rhythm With This Quick 28-Part Course
Rhythm is within all of us. From the beating of our hearts, to the way we arrange our lives, everything can be laid out regularly against time. The regular dividing of events up against time is everywhere in this day and age, and these sames ideas are used in music. Rhythm defines how sounds can change and interact over time. It allows music to tell stories, express complicated ideas or connect us in dance.
This course covers to basic ability to hear the passage of time and teaches the theory to understand the passing of time. It teaches you how to connect what we can feel - the beat - with what we can understand - the theory.
We begin with a simple exercise from developing your ability to feel the groove. This exercise is repeated a few times over the course, and you can do it everyday if you like. We also cover the theory so that you can knowing when to play, and when not to play.
You will examine the way that rhythms are written down, understanding the notation, how that connects to the idea of counting and finally line that up to the pulse.
I will also allow you to understand that all complicated rhythms can be broken down to what I call the two fundamental rhythms. All rhythm is derived from the pulse and the two fundamental rhythms. These are easy to understand and even easier to do. Once you understand the basic idea that underpins all rhythms you can go on to master any rhythm.
This course has 28 episodes and is designed for you to take one lesson each day for four weeks. This gives enough time each lesson to be absorbed. You won't move too fast or too slowly.
Today's lesson is a brief overview of what rhythm is, why is it important, and how we'll go about improving it..
This video explains what a metronome is and how to use it
This lecture introduces a powerful tool for mastering rhythm and learning to appreciate the passage of time. It will help you to see the spaces between the notes, and place notes at exactly the right moment.
In this video you will wrap your head around the idea of counting and do a few exercises to practice counting along to your playing.
We practice a few examples of notes that go for four and two counts. These are done on your instrument.
In this video we'll practice doing one, two, three and four count notes. We'll also have a look at various different combinations of counts, and see how they all fit together.
Here we start placing beats in between our counts, creating the need for the 'and' syllable. We will also practice a few patterns that include these half beats.
We explore the notation used for notes that go for four and two counts. We examine how the counting works here.
We explore the notation used for notes for go for one and three counts. We examine how the counting works here.
Next up we have a look at notes that go for less than a count - half count notes. These can take on various appearances, and we look at them all.
In this video we dive into the dot that turns a two-count note into a three-count note. What happens if we start attaching this dot to some other notes?
Two more considerations for rhythm and rests and ties. You will learn why these two things are necessary and what to do when you see them.
In this video we will go through a few examples so that the student can see the whole process of figuring out and executing the various rhythms.
In this video we have another look at the Time Tone Zen Zone, and go into more difficult levels with in.
This lesson shows the two fundamental rhythms from which all other rhythms are built. From an understanding of these two rhythms, it is possible to figure out any rhythm.
From the two fundamental rhythms, we can represent any rhythm but using rhythm boxes. These clearly show how the rhythms are being combined to create more complex rhythms.
Here we look at an example of a rhythm box with a single rhythm. We look at how to play the rhythm and get it sounding right.
In order to play with both hands at the same time, we need to simplify it from doing two different things at once, to doing just one thing.
All the previous videos just had us counting by ourselves. In this video we make things more difficult by learning to play the notes exactly in time with a metronome.
We learnt about notation, and rhythm boxes. Now we will show how these two work together, and how to get a rhythm box from notation.
We can read the rhythms directly from the notation, skipping the step of putting it as a rhythm box first. This may seem difficult at first, but by steadily working through it, you can see how it works.
We do get notes that go for less than a half beat. What if we divide the half beat exactly in half again? This video looks at quarter beats and smaller subdivisions.
We had beats divided in half, and in half again (to make quarters). This video asks the question, "What if we divide the note into thirds"
This video goes step by step through a few examples of rhythms for both hands.
This 4 week crash course only touched briefly at the topic of rhythm. This video explains where you might go next in your mastery of rhythm
I engage with music on a daily basis. Whether it be performing on stage, writing and composing music, teaching my students, or working with the other teachers in the school, I have music with me.
I completed a BMus (Hons), and received numerous bursaries and awards over the course I my studies. I have also written music for the stage and screen, performed in bands across the country, and produced research.
I spend each day empowering my students to bring music into their lives, helping them to not only become better musicians, but also to become better people.
I live in Johannesburg with my fiance, enjoy motorcycles, hiking, reading and, of course, music.