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Practice Suggestions for Learning How to Play Subdivided Rhythms When the Eighth Note Is Equal to One Beat

Like the patterns in Lesson 12, the rhythms in Lesson 13 all have the eighth note equal to one beat. These patterns include sixteenth notes, so the beat is subdivided.

In Lessons 1 through 10 the quarter note was equal to one beat, so the sixteenth note was equal to one fourth of a beat. When the eighth note is equal to one beat, the sixteenth note is equal to half a beat. Read the Lesson 13 Introduction for further explanations of the lengths of notes.

To feel the beat better, lightly tap your foot on every beat. Do not tap the rhythm or the individual note values with your foot, but simply tap the steady repeating pulse of the beat while clapping or playing the rhythm.

Count strongly and clearly with a metronome to make sure that you are performing the rhythms accurately.

For more practice tips and suggestions, visit the Practice page.

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IntroductionLesson 13 Introduction - learn about subdividing the eighth note beat

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