Time & Rhythm

Learning Outcomes

Welcome to the grossly under-appreciated subject of musical time and rhythm, which encompasses a wide variety of subjects: pulse, tempo, meter, up-beats, down-beats, back-beats, sub-beats, super-beats, duration, rests, melodic rhythm, melodic contour, dynamics, acceleration and deceleration, cycles, repetitions, anticipation, delay, melodic motives, harmonic rhythm, phrasing, and form. In this section, we will cover just the basics.  More advanced topics, such as swing, rubato, syncopation, and poly-rhythms, will be explored in the various “schools” of music as the need arises. Enjoy!

Links to Lessons

Study Aids

Click Tracks: ClickTracks.zip (~40 Mb) Each track is one minute in duration, 4/4 Time @ 60, 65, 70,… 200 bpm & 3/4 Time @ 60, 65, 70,… 200 bpm.

Check out each school for practice rhythm tracks in each genre:
Blues || Boogie Woogie || Country || Gospel || Jazz || Rock ||