Rhythm Practice Patterns
Eighth notes in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 require us to subdivide the beat. Since the quarter note is equal to one beat in these time signatures, and the eighth note is equal to half of a quarter note, the eighth note is therefore equal to half a beat.
Whenever you have rhythms that include eighth notes, always subdivide the beat when you are counting. Doing so will ensure that you clap and play the notes the correct length of time. In other words, always count the word “and” on the second half of each beat.
Always count each beat and each “and” while clapping. Count loudly and strongly!
To feel the beat clearly, lightly tap your foot on every beat. When clapping patterns with rests, remember to bring your hands apart at the beginning of each rest.
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