Learn about Rhythm
The table of contents below shows the topics related to the fundamental aspects of rhythm. If you are looking for a specific answer, jump to the appropriate link. If you don’t know where to begin, start with the first section and avoid skipping steps. Each lesson page includes an introduction to the topic and links to practice suggestions and the practice patterns in Kyle Coughlin’s book, The Fundamentals of Rhythm.
Rhythmic Notation: Note Values
Rhythmic Notation: Measures, and Time Signatures
Lesson 1 - Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests
Lesson 2 - Ties, Half Notes, Dotted Half Notes, Whole Notes, and Rests
Lesson 3 - Ties Over Measure Lines and Syncopation
Lesson 4 - Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests
Lesson 5 - Dotted Quarter Notes
Lesson 6 - Pickup Notes
Lesson 7 - Syncopated Subdivisions
Lesson 8 - Sixteenth Notes
Lesson 9 - Sixteenth Note Groupings and Dotted Eighth Notes
Lesson 10 - Sixteenth Rests
Lesson 11 - Cut Time
Lesson 12 - Time Signatures with the Eighth Note Equal to One Beat
Lesson 13 - Subdivided Eighth Note Beats
Lesson 14 - Compound Meter
Lesson 15 - Compound Meter with Sixteenth Notes and Rests
Lesson 16 - Triplets
Lesson 17 - Double Dotted Notes
Lesson 18 - Other Time Signatures: 3/2 and 6/4
Lesson 19 - Odd Meters with a Quarter Note Equal to One Beat
Lesson 20 - Odd Meters with the Eighth Note Equal to One Beat
Lesson 21 - Shorter Note Values
Lesson 22 - Tuplets
Get the Book
Fundamentals of Rhythm book
If you would like all of this information in book format so that you can put it on your music stand and practice it wherever you go, get The Fundamentals of Rhythm, by Kyle Coughlin. The book includes all of the lesson information and practice exercises found on the website.
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