Rhythm Practice Patterns
The patterns in Lesson 2 introduce ties, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, and their equivalent rests. Read the Lesson 2 Introduction to make sure that you fully understand how long each note should be played.
To feel the beat clearly, lightly tap your foot on every beat.
Always count the beats while clapping. Count loudly and strongly!
When clapping these rhythms, hold your hands together for the full length of each note, and bring your hands apart at the beginning of each rest. Remember: in these time signatures half notes will equal 2 beat, dotted half notes will equal 3 beats, and whole notes will equal 4 beats.
When playing these patterns on your instrument, listen carefully and play each note for its full value. When a note is followed by a rest, cut off the note right at the beginning of the rest.
Wind and brass instrumentalists: count the beats in your mind while playing. Doing that accurately with a metronome will ensure that you are playing the notes the correct length.
Use MetronomeBot’s Talking Metronomes for some of your practice. They will help you to play all of the notes and rests the correct length.
Talking Metronome for 2/4
Talking Metronome for 3/4
Talking Metronome for 4/4
Always feel the beat and play with it!
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