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Fundamentals of Rhythm

In this free online course, you will learn about rhythm, rhythm counting techniques and how to read notated rhythm.

Publisher: Michael Emenau
Rhythm is an integral part of music and no melody can exist without rhythm. This course teaches you the basics of rhythm. You will learn how to listen, clap and count rhythm and get used to tapping to the beats of any melody. You will learn about the different rhythmic syllables and how they are used to represent the different rhythmic patterns. You will also understand the concepts of rest or silence in a rhythm and the syncopation of rhythms.
Fundamentals of Rhythm
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Do you tap your feet unconsciously while listening to music? Have you ever noticed how the pattern and speed of tapping change with different music? That is rhythm. Rhythm is everywhere. In the beating of our heart, in the language we speak, in the footsteps of our stride and in the songs, we sing and dance to. All of us intuitively know what rhythm is. It is a fundamental aspect of music and cannot be separated from harmony and melody. Without rhythm, music becomes disjointed and aimless. In this free online course, Michael Emenau will teach you how to clap along while listening to rhythmic patterns, how to count them and also write them down. This course will first introduce you to the symbols of different beats. You will learn how they are assigned in the short sections or boxes of musical notes also known as the measure or bar of music.

With syncopation, part or all of a tune or piece of music can sound off-beat. You will learn about rest and syncopation that lets a musician know how long to play a note and how long to hold a rest in music. As Michael introduces the basic concept of rhythm with examples alongside quizzes in this course, you will gain an understanding of the different rhythms in music, starting from the whole note to the sixteenth note. The further you advance into the course, the more you will get used to clapping along with Michael while listening to him beat simple to complex rhythms in both slow and fast tempo. You will also get used to writing down the rhythms as it is the best way to answer his quizzes. If you are not able to answer, don’t worry. Michael always explains the answers to the quiz so you can judge your training and practice to improve.

Ear training for rhythm can be hugely beneficial to all musicians and music fans. To appreciate a piece of music, or to study and analyse a piece of music, you have to understand what rhythm is. If you are a musician, having a good ‘sense of rhythm’ is important as it helps you train your ear to create interesting rhythmic features in your music. If you know nothing about how to read music, then this course is a great place to start. You will learn the basics of rhythm that can be applied to any instrument of choice and style of music. Also, by practicing the quizzes in the course you’ll understand rhythm in a completely new and more powerful way. As there are no prerequisites for taking this course, jump into the world of rhythm with this course and take every opportunity to tap out the rhythms you learn herein. Join this course now!

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