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Understanding Rhythms: Part 1
Quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, ties

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Even if you plan to only read tablature, or just playing by ear for that matter, you will still need to have a basic understanding of rhythms.

All of the exercises are demonstrated along with a metronome click.

 

 

 

Quarter Notes receive 1 beat

Half Notes receive 2 beats


 

Dotted Half Notes receive 3 beats

Whole Notes receive 4 beats

A dot placed after a note will increase it's value by half the original.

A time signature consists of two numbers placed at the beginning of a piece of music.

The top number tells you how many beats are in each measure.

The bottom number will tell you which rhythm gets one beat. (The 4 stands for the quarter note getting one beat)

In the beginning the only numbers you will see in the top are 3 or 4. In the bottom you will only see a 4 at this point. (more on time signature later)


 




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