Rhythm Practice Patterns

Compound Meter Introductory Patterns: Lesson 14 Practice Patterns 1401-1414

This lesson introduces rhythm patterns in compound meter. Read the introduction to compound meter for a thorough explanation of how to count and perform in 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 time signatures when the dotted quarter note is equal to one beat. These time signatures are unlike anything covered in Lessons 1 through 13 because the beat is now subdivided into three equal parts instead of two equal parts. Read the Lesson 14 practice suggestions page for tips on how work on these rhythm patterns.

The patterns on this page give all the possible combinations of eighth notes, quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, and their equivalent rests in one beat of a measure of 6/8 time. Clap and count the rhythms of these patterns many times before moving on to Parts 2 and 3 of this lesson. Listen to and play along with the recordings of each pattern for more effective practice, too. Also, use a triple subdivision metronome to ensure accuracy.

More Practice Patterns: Compound meter patterns in 3/8 and 6/8 time, Patterns 1415-1429.
More Practice Patterns: Compound meter patterns in 9/8 and 12/8 time, Patterns 1430-1433.

Lesson 14 Introduction - learn about compound meter

Lesson 14 Practice Suggestions - learn how to practice these patterns well

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Part 1: Introductory Patterns in 6/8

Pattern 1401: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert C. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1402: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert D. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1403: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert E. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1404: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert F. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1405: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert G. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1406: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert A. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1407: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert B flat. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1408: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert C sharp. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1409: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert F sharp. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1410: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert B. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1411: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert C. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1412: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert F. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1413: With MetronomeBot counting the subdivided beat for four measures, dotted quarter note = 66, on Concert G. If you can't hear the audio, listen to it here.

Pattern 1414: Remember that the whole rest indicates that the whole measure should be silent. Therefore, no recording is necessary for this example.

More Practice Patterns: Compound meter patterns in 3/8 and 6/8 time, Patterns 1415-1429.More Practice Patterns:Compound meter patterns in 9/8 and 12/8 time, Patterns 1430-1433.

Lesson 14 Introduction - learn about compound meter

Lesson 14 Practice Suggestions - learn how to practice these patterns well

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