Music Concepts Online: Rhythm:

Basic Rhythm

Lecture and FAQs

To begin to understand rhythm, take a look at the lecture entitled Rhythm: The Long and the Short of It, and also Rhythm FAQs.

Terms and Concepts

The rhythm terms and concepts you should understand are:
  • Rhythm
  • Score
  • Note, Head (or Note Head), Stem, Flag, Beam
  • Quarter Note, Half Note, Whole Note, Sixteenth Note
  • Rest, Eighth Rest, Quarter Rest, Half Rest, Whole Rest, Sixteenth Rest
  • Tie

    Exercises and Assignments:

  • Read from page 12 (Starting at "Music-A Temporal Art") through page 16.
  • Do the Written Exercises on pp. 16-18.
  • Do the Computer Exercises 2, 3-6, 7-9 (see below for details):
    CHAPTER 2 COMPUTER EXERCISES:
    Note Values - Names & Equivalents:
    	Note Values - Drill # 2
    
    Note Values - Including Dots & Ties:
    	Notes Without Dots - Drill # 3
    	Dotted Notes - Drill # 4
    	Tied Notes - Drill # 5
    	All of the Above - Drill # 6
    Rests:
    	Rests without Dots - Drill # 7
    	Dotted Rests - Drill # 8
    	All of the Above - Drill # 9
    

    Online Rhythm Quizzes:

  • Online Rhythm Quiz # 1
  • Online Rhythm Quiz # 2
  • Online Rhythm Quiz # 3
    To take these online quizzes, use the login and password you submitted on the Login page.

    More Rhythm (Syncopation)

    Exercises and Assignments:

    Read Chapter 8 (More on Rhythm and Meter): pp. 142-143
    Listen to "The Easy Winners" MIDI file
    Do Computer Exercise (Drill) # 110
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