How to Figure out Rhythm of Songs - 3/4 or 4/4?

Learn how to identify songs as 3/4 or 4/4 and what the differences are.
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  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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Course Updated: Nov 1, 2016


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Play By Ear Rhythm 1: How to Figure out the Rhythm of a Song? Is it in 3/4 or 4/4 Time?

We all love to listen to music. When we listen to a song, we tune into the rhythm more than anything else. Most people don’t catch or don’t care about the occasional bad note or chord. But if the rhythm goes off in a performance, it’s the first thing the audience will notice.

Rhythm is an essential element in all music. You can mix together any sounds you want, but if there is no underlying rhythm to the sounds, there is no music.

Welcome to this course on "How to Figure out the rhythm of a song? I’m so happy you’re here. You might be wondering, is this the right course for me?

I designed this course for anyone who wants to play by ear and they want to figure out whether the song is written in 3/4 time or 4/4 time.

When you play your song, whether on a piano, guitar, or ukulele, you want to make sure you play your songs in the Right rhythm.

Songs have different time signature. Most songs are written with these 2 time signature. 3/4 or 4/4 Time.

  • When it is 3/4 song, you count the beat 1 2 3.
  • When it is 4/4 song, you count the beat 1 2 3 4

It seems very obvious, isn't it?

But you will be so surprised that when it comes to music, most people do not know how to count. This is why I created this course for you The frustration many people face is that they can't tell whether the songs they play are written in 3/4 time or 4/4 time.

Let me tell you, it takes time to learn Rhythm. No pun intended.

In this course, you are going to concentrate on learning songs written in 3/4 and 4/4 Time.

By the end of the course, you are going to able to tell the difference between songs that are written in 3/4 & 4/4 time without a shadow of doubt.

You must understand rhythm and how to 'count the beat' in songs. This is how you make progress. From there you will be able to play the simplest songs to the most complex pieces.

The more complex pieces of movie songs or standards are written in 2/4 time, 6/8 time, 9/8, 12/8 time. But you know what? They are all built on the principles of the timing in 3/4 and 4/4.

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What are the requirements?

  • some songs

What am I going to get from this course?

  • COUNT the beats of songs written in 3/4 with confidence
  • COUNT the beats of songs written in 4/4 with confidence
  • DISTINGUISH the timing between 3/4 and 4/4 Song
  • SING the strong beat
  • MATCH the stress in the syllables to the strong beat
  • FIND out the rhythm of songs easily

What is the target audience?

  • students who have difficulty distinguishing 3/4 and 4/4 song
  • students who want to learn basic rhythmic beats

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to this Exciting Course!
Preview
02:47
Overview of the Course
Article
Section 2: Time Signature
Time Signature
01:11
Time Signature - 4/4 Time
02:07
Time Signature - 3/4
01:05
Section 3: Different Note Value
Note Value - different duration of beats
Preview
03:00
Note value in 4/4 - Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, Dotted Quarter Note
01:33
Note Value in 3/4 - Quarter Note, Half Note, Dotted Half Note, Dotted Quarter
01:25
Section 4: Counting Method in a Rhythmic Way
Counting 4/4 with Strong Beat
Preview
02:51
Singing in the 4/4 Time
02:09
Practice the different note duration in 4/4
04:29
Counting 3/4 with Strong Beat
01:39
Practice the different note duration in 3/4
03:14
Section 5: Rhythm vs Tempo
Rhythm vs Tempo
02:25
Section 6: Song 1 Demo: O Christmas Tree - 4 Steps to Figure out the Rhythm of the Song
Rhythm Step 1: Write out the first line of the lyrics to the song
Article
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis in the Lyrics
01:37
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4
Preview
01:39
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 7: Song 2 Demo: Changing Partners - Is this a 3/4 or 4/4 Song?
Song 2: Changing Parnters
Article
Rhythm Step 1: First line to the song
01:30
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis / Stress as you sing the first line
01:00
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4?
02:39
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 8: Song 3 Demo: Do Re Mi
Rhythm Step 1: Write out the first line of the lyrics to the song
Article
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis / Stress as you sing the first line
Preview
01:16
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4
02:55
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 9: Song 4 Demo: O Susanna
Rhythm Step 1: Write out the first line of the lyrics to the song
Article
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis / Stress as you sing the first line
01:33
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4
02:45
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 10: Song 5 Demo: Silent Night
Rhythm Step 1: Write out the first line of the lyrics to the song
Article
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis / Stress as you sing the first line
01:01
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4
01:53
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 11: Song 6 Demo: Unchained Melody
Rhythm Step 1: Write out the first line of the lyrics to the song
Article
Rhythm Step 2: Find the Emphasis / Stress as you sing the first line
01:14
Rhythm Step 3: Put the song into Time Signature - 3/4 or 4/4
02:07
Rhythm Step 4: Write out the tone numbers to the rest of the song
Article
Rhythm Step 5: Put the entire song into the proper rhythm
Article
Section 12: Fun Activities for Students
Fun Activity 1: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Article
Answer: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Article
Fun Activity 2: O Danny Boy
Article
Answer: O Danny Boy
Article
Fun Activity 3: Today
Article
Answer: Today
Article
Fun Activity 4: Morning Has Broken
Article
Answer: Morning Has Broken
Article
Fun Activity 5: You are my sunshine
Article
Answer: You are my sunshine
Article
Fun Activity 6: Love Me Tender
Article
Answer: Love Me Tender
Article
Fun Activity 7: Where have all the flowers gone?
Article
Answer: Where have all the flowers gone?
Article
Section 13: Congratulations & Conclusion
Congratulations!
Article
Section 14: Bonus Section - Resources for Students
Cool Resources for Students
Article

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Instructor Biography

Rosa Suen, Best Seller Music Teacher, 35 Years Pianist, 25,00+ students

Rosa is the Pastor and Church Pianist for a local community church in Hong Kong for over 30 years. She graduated from University of British Columbia and received her teaching certificate specializing in Chemistry and teaching English as a second language. She taught public schools in Canada for a couple of years and then went on to receive her Master's degree in Christian Theological Ministry at Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto. She started full time ministry with her husband in 1989 and received intensive Pastoral Counselling and Discipleship Training at Christian Disciples Church. They were ordained to become church ministers as Pastors in 1996 in a local church in Tsuen Wan and have been ministering to this same congregation for almost 20 years now.

Over the years, she has gone on church missions to Mongolia, Sydney, Nepal, India and expedition trips to the Holy Lands: Israel, Greece and Turkey. Wherever she went, she found herself taking up the music ministry and became the church pianist for that church.

Many people at church have asked her to teach them to play piano. As a result of her passion in playing piano, she started developing piano courses initially for church pianists online since 2008. The piano courses are very unique because she was finally willing to share her Unique Piano Method: Color Chord Improvisation Method known as CCI. The CCI method works for all types of music: Gospel, Pop and Standards.

This Piano Method is easy, fun and creative that you learn to play piano not only from music score sheets, but to play chords from fake books and eventually to play by ear. Students all over the world have requested for courses to teach them play standards and popular songs. As a result she developed 3 Great Reharmonization Method courses for them to play from fake books and play by ear. The Dreamy Piano Techniques courses, especially the one on Autumn Leaves is her students favorite. She has a piano website at Learn Piano With Rosa where she continues to offer new courses to her students. She also holds piano workshops for her local students and train church pianists.

With her education and expertise in teaching, her students love her piano courses and found her piano lessons extremely easy and fun to play piano. They are highly motivated to play piano and playing piano had never been more fun and satisfying for them. You can read their testimonies on her website.

She is now an instructor at Udemy. Come and join her hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.

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