4 Week Rhythm Mastery
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4 Week Rhythm Mastery

The quick, easy way to master rhythm
3.9 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,057 students enrolled
Created by Johan van Rooyen
Last updated 7/2017
Price: Free
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • A few tricks for improving rhythm
  • The ability to play different rhythms with both hands at the same time
  • Keep a steady beat
  • Subdivide beats evenly
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  • You should be able to play a musical instrument

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. 

  • Learn to feel the groove and pulse of music
  • Understand how to hear time passing
  • Learn the theory and notation of rhythm
  • Apply these techniques to any instrument
  • Play easily with both hands
  • Connect the world of theory of the groove that you can feel

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • People that can play an instrument and want to get a new perspective on playing their instrument
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Week 1
7 Lectures 32:20

Today's lesson is a brief overview of what rhythm is, why is it important, and how we'll go about improving it..

Day 1 - Introduction

This video explains what a metronome is and how to use it

Day 2 - Using a metronome

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.

Day 3 - Intro to the Time Tone Zen Zone

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.

Day 4 - Counting

We practice a few examples of notes that go for four and two counts. These are done on your instrument.

Day 5 - Let's practice four and two count notes

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.

Day 6 - Let's practice mixed count notes

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.

Day 7 - Half beats and going in between the counts
Week 2
7 Lectures 35:34

We explore the notation used for notes that go for four and two counts. We examine how the counting works here.

Day 1- Four and two count notes

We explore the notation used for notes for go for one and three counts. We examine how the counting works here.

Day 2 - One and three count notes

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.

Day 3 - Half count notes

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?

Day 4 - dotted notes

Day 5 - Let's practice, mixed examples

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.

Day 6 - Rests and ties

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.

Day 7 - Let's practice, mixed examples
Week 3
7 Lectures 45:05

In this video we have another look at the Time Tone Zen Zone, and go into more difficult levels with in.

Day 1 - Time Tone Zen Zone, again

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.

Day 2 - The two fundamental rhythms

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.

Day 3 - Rhythm boxes

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.

Day 4 - Let's practice with one hand

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.

Day 5 - From two things to one thing

Day 6 - Let's practice with both hands

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.

Day 7 - Adding the metronome
Week 4
7 Lectures 35:41

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.

Day 1 - Notation to rhythm boxes

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.

Day 2 - Let's practice reading from notation

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.

Day 3 - Smaller than a half

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"

Day 4 - Triplets

Day 5 - Time Tone Zen Zone

This video goes step by step through a few examples of rhythms for both hands. 

Day 6 - Let's practice, mixed examples

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

Day 7 - Further practicing
About the Instructor
Johan van Rooyen
4.4 Average rating
40 Reviews
3,212 Students
5 Courses
Music Instructor

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.