Practice Challenge Week 2

Counting and Clapping Rhythms

This week’s practice challenge will help you learn how to read and play common rhythms written in standard music notation.

There are several important concepts to get familiar with so that you can be a successful rhythm reader, including: pulse, tempo, meter, and division.

PULSE: The steady recurring beats in music. It’s what we tap our foot to when we listen to music.

TEMPO: in music tempo is simply the speed or rate of regularly recurring beats. It’s usually described in beats per minute.

METER: is the accented groupings of regularly occurring beats in music. It’s the count!

DIVISION: refers to how the beat is divided in music. Beats can be divided by two, three, four, or more…

In addition, to get really good at reading rhythms you’ll need to be able to identify all the written symbols associated with the terms mentioned above. Those include: time signatures, measures, measure lines, notes and rests in all durations.

  1. For this week’s practice challenge pick any song, but make sure it’s one that you’ve completed a note map for (see practice challenge week 1).
  2. Next, identify the following features:

Identify the time signature:  

Knowing the time signature, can you tell the meter?

Identify the shortest and longest note durations in the piece:

What’s the tempo? 

  1. Easy song group: with the metronome clicking 60 bpm, tap your foot and accurately execute the rhythm of the entire song by singing the rhythm using ta’s and ti-ti’s.
  2. Intermediate and Advanced song group: with the metronome clicking 60 bpm, tap your foot and accurately execute the rhythm of the entire song (section if it’s a long piece) by clapping or tapping the rhythm.

Good luck!   

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