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How to Read Rhythms

Rhythm Reading Guide for 5th and 6th grade students

Justin Whitcomb

on 5 May 2010

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Transcript of How to Read Rhythms

Reading Rhythms Where to Start: What's the Time Signature? What kind of notes do you see? If they're quarter notes, how much of a measure are they worth?
How about half notes or eighth notes?
Are there any rests? If it's 4/4, then you need four counts in a measure.
If it's 3/4, you'll need three counts.
If it's 2/4, you'll only need two. If the bottom number is a 4, you'll use a quarter note for the beat.
If it's an 8, you'll use an eighth note.
If it's a 2, you'll use a half note. A quick guide for young rhythmaticians The Next Step: How will you count the measure? 4/4 3/4 1 + 2 + 3 + How will the counts fit? Now What? Practice your new skills! Play some music! Write in some counting! After all, you need to count to see the big picture! 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 4
4 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + See what I mean?
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