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WebRhythms Lesson 3D

WebRhythms is a series of short articles designed to teach rhythmic reading. Each article includes musical examples that help explain the concepts and an exercise that tests your new reading skills. Along with the written materials, WebRhythms allows you to download and print a copy of each exercise and provides a computer-perfect MIDI performance at a number of different tempi. With all these materials, it’s easy to be creative and challenge yourself while you learn or improve your reading ability.

If you’re a novice at reading music, these articles will start you off by building a solid foundation. Those of you with strong reading skills can use these lessons to brush up and polish what you already know. The later lessons may even show you some new rhythmic ideas and procedures. Monster readers can take the Pro Challenge. Do you have what it takes to keep up?

LESSON THREE, PART D:
EIGHTH / 2 SIXTEENTH RHYTHM

This final rhythm (example A) is similar to the previous one. Called an eighth and two sixteenths, it results when the second eighth note is divided into two parts. For this figure, don’t count or play the “e”, but be sure to leave enough space for it. If you don’t, then this figure will sound just like the one above, and it shouldn’t. Examples A and C will show you how an eighth and two sixteenths relates to the other figures that we already know.

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In order for you to get the feeling of this figure, I recommend that you begin by counting every single one of the sixteenth note syllables out loud. Remember not to play on the sixteenth’s syllable (“e”) if it follows an eighth note. Soon, as you feel more comfortable with the rhythms, begin leaving out the syllables that aren’t played. This way, you won’t have to say so many syllables when you are playing.

Happy Reading!

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