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Eighth notes and eighth rests: Lesson 4 Practice Patterns 401-412

These rhythm practice patterns introduce and focus on eighth notes and eighth rests in 2/4 and 3/4 time signatures. When practicing these patterns be sure to count every beat and every subdivision of the beat (with the word “and”). Count “and” on the second half of each beat during long notes, too. Doing so will ensure that you are in the right place at the right time. Listen to the recordings below with MetronomeBot counting to hear examples of how to count accurately.

Visit the Lesson 4 practice suggestion page for more ideas on how to practice eighth notes and eighth rests. Also, read the Lesson 4 introduction for an explanation of eighth notes and eighth rests. Visit page 2 of Lesson 4 for patterns with eighth notes and eighth rests in 4/4 time.

More Practice Patterns: Eighth notes and eighth rests in 4/4, patterns 413-420

Practice Pattern Table of ContentsPractice Pattern Table of Contents

Introduction Lesson 4 Introduction - learn about eighth notes and eighth rests

Practice Suggestions Lesson 4 Practice Suggestions - learn how to practice these patterns well

Practice with MetronomeBotPlay along with MetronomeBot

The Fundamentals of Rhythm Buy the book, The Fundamentals of Rhythm.

Part 1: Eighth notes and eighth rests in 2/4

Pattern 401: You will hear two full measures of MetronomeBot counting before the pattern begins. MetronomeBot counts every beat and every subdivision of the beat. The tempo is quarter note = 60, and the pitches are played on concert F.
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Rhythm pattern 401

Pattern 402: You will hear two full measures of MetronomeBot counting before the pattern begins. MetronomeBot counts every beat and every subdivision of the beat. The tempo is quarter note = 60, and the pitches are played on concert G.
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Rhythm pattern 402

Pattern 403: Subdivided metronome clicks, with MetronomeBot counting, quarter note = 60, on concert C.
Quarter note = 60, with no subdivision, on concert C.
Quarter note = 72, with no subdivision, on concert C.
In the first example of pattern 403, the beat is subdivided, with MetronomeBot counting. In the second example of 403, MetronomeBot drops out and the metronome is playing a quarter note beat instead of a subdivided beat. The patterns in the first two examples will sound exactly the same; only the metronome clicks will be different. In the third example, the metronome plays a quarter note beat and the tempo is slightly faster.

Rhythm pattern 403

Pattern 404: Subdivided metronome clicks, with MetronomeBot counting, quarter note = 60, on Concert D.
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Rhythm pattern 404

Pattern 405: Subdivided metronome clicks, quarter note = 72, on Concert B flat.
Notice the difference in the length of the quarter notes and the length of the eighth notes followed by rests. Although every note in the pattern begins on a beat, the eighth notes should end right at the second half of each beat.
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Rhythm pattern 405

Part 2: Eighth notes and eighth rests in 3/4

Pattern 406: Subdivided metronome clicks, with MetronomeBot counting, quarter note = 60, on Concert A.
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Rhythm pattern 406

Pattern 407: Subdivided metronome clicks, quarter note = 60, on Concert D.
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Rhythm pattern 407

Pattern 408: Subdivided metronome clicks, quarter note = 80, on Concert B flat.
Metronome clicks without subdivision, quarter note = 80, on Concert B flat.
These two examples of pattern 408 are played at the exact same tempo. The metronome subdivision is the only thing that is different between these two examples.

Rhythm pattern 408

Pattern 409: Quarter note = 80, on Concert G. The metronome does not subdivide the beat, but you should still count every subdivision (“and”).
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Rhythm pattern 409

Pattern 410: Quarter note = 88, on Concert E flat. The metronome does not subdivide the beat, but you should still count every subdivision (“and”).
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Rhythm pattern 410

Pattern 411: Subdivided metronome clicks, with MetronomeBot counting, quarter note = 60, on Concert G.
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Rhythm pattern 411

Pattern 412: Quarter note = 88, on Concert A. The metronome does not subdivide the beat, but you should still count every subdivision (“and”).
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Rhythm pattern 412

 

More Practice Patterns: Eighth notes and eighth rests in 4/4, patterns 413-420

Practice Pattern Table of ContentsPractice Pattern Table of Contents

Introduction Lesson 4 Introduction - learn about eighth notes and eighth rests

Practice Suggestions Lesson 4 Practice Suggestions - learn how to practice these patterns well

Practice with MetronomeBotPlay along with MetronomeBot

The Fundamentals of Rhythm Buy the book, The Fundamentals of Rhythm.

 

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