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Understanding Rhythms: Part 2 - eighth notes, dotted quarter notes

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

Eighth Notes receive a 1/2 beat

--- 2 or more 8th notes are beamed together

--- single 8th notes use a flag

= the symbol for picking down

= the symbol for picking up

8th notes are counted like below ( 1 & 2 & etc..)

When picking 8th notes pick down on the beat (1 2 3 4) and up on the "&".

 


 

Dotted Quarter Notes receive 1 1/2 beats

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

The easiest way to get a grasp on rhythms is to start to recognize pattern that reoccur. Below are 2 different 2 beat rhythmic patterns that use dotted quarter notes. If you can start to see these patterns instead of just a mess of different rhythms, then you are on your way.

Pattern #1


Pattern #2


The following exercise uses these 2 patterns. In the top line, half the measure is one of the 2 patterns, and half is either a half note or 2 quarter notes. In the bottom line the are only the 2 patterns. It can look like a big mess until you are able to see the patterns.

 

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