Rhythm Practice Patterns
Lesson 8 introduced sixteenth notes in patterns featuring groups of four notes. The patterns in this lesson all consist of sixteenth note groupings that include eighth notes and dotted eighth notes. Every possible combination of sixteenth notes with eighth notes and dotted eighth notes in one beat of 2/4, 3/4, or 4/4 time is presented in each section of this lesson. If you repeat patterns 901, 906, 911, 916, and 921 frequently and make those groupings effortless and accurate, your rhythm and reading skills will improve dramatically.
To perform these rhythms accurately, it is essential to always count the subdivisions of the beat for every pattern. Tap your foot lightly and begin with a quadruple subdivision metronome. Count strongly to feel every subdivision of the beat. When you are comfortable with the patterns, try using a duple subdivision metronome, and then a single clicking metronome.
Remember that the speed of the music is determined by the tempo which is indicated by the beats per minute. Start each pattern slowly and avoid trying to play as fast as possible for the sake of speed.
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