Learn about Rhythm
While beat and tempo provide the foundation of rhythm, meter organizes the beats into regular groups. Meter is the pattern of strong and weak beats in music. Lesson 1 begins with the three most basic meters: duple, triple, and quadruple. In duple meter, there will be one strong beat followed by a weaker beat. In triple meter, there will be a strong beat followed by two weaker beats. In quadruple meter, there will be a strong beat followed by three weaker beats, although the third beat in the group is typically stronger than the second and fourth beats.
The links below give short examples of each meter. RhythmBot will demonstrate the meter by counting the beat.
With beat as the foundation of rhythm and meter as the organization of beats, musicians play sounds that are specific lengths or durations. All of these sounds are related to the beat. The durations can be played for one beat, longer than a beat, or shorter than a beat. The Fundamentals of Rhythm book teaches all note values through example patterns and audio recordings.