Category Archives: Time & Rhythm

Time & Rhythm: Micro-Lessons

Enjoy this gallery of pithy insights into the true nature of musical time!

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in Paradiddles

This very special rhythm illustrates the profound value of chunking in order to simplify both the mental conception and physical expression of a musical idea…

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in 6/8 Time

6/8 Time is more than six equivalent pulse strung together. 6/8 time defines a recurring pattern of two “3-nesses” in a row, where the first 3-ness which starts on “the 1” gets a bit more emphasis than the second three-ness, … Continue reading

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in 4/4 Time

4/4 Time is more than four equivalent pulses strung together. 4/4 time is built upon two “2-nesses” in a row, where the first “2-ness”, which starts on “the 1” gets a bit more emphasis than the second “2-ness”, which starts on … Continue reading

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in 3/4 Time

3/4 Time is more than three equivalent pulses strung together. 3/4 time defines a recurring pattern where the first of three pulses gets more emphasis than the second and third.

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study in 2/4 Time

2/4 Time is more than two equivalent pulses strung together. 2/4 time defines a recurring pattern where the first pulse get a bit more emphasis than the second pulse.

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Time & Rhythm: A Two-Fisted Study of a Repeating Pulse

This study is not a trivial as you might think. The ability to play a simple repeating pulse musically should be taken quite seriously as it establishes a firm foundation for all your playing, no matter what the meter. Let’s … Continue reading

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Time & Rhythm: The Metronome

The Metronome should never be used to impose rigid time-keeping in preparation for performance, because you do not want rigid time-keeping during a performance. But the Metronome, used wisely, can be a valuable tool for discovering and solving a problem with rhythm … Continue reading

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Time & Rhythm: Tempo

Tempo describes how many pulses occur in a given unit of time and is normally measured in units of beats per minute (BPM). The notion is very simple, but here are four points regarding tempo that you may find interesting or useful:

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Time & Rhythm: Time Signatures

The Time Signature, written immediately after the key signature, is a pattern of numbers that looks like a fraction that tells you two things:

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