Learn about Rhythm
Wherever you are right now, there are probably sounds in the air. You may not notice them, but if you listen closely, you will probably hear many things: sounds created by a car driving down the street, a dog barking, a bird chirping, footsteps in a hallway, the squeak of your chair, people talking, the wind blowing through the trees. The list can go on forever.
What makes these sounds different from music? What is music? We all know what music is when we hear it, but how do we define it? Everyone has their own personal understanding of music, but to put it in the simplest possible terms:
The beginning of that organization is rhythm. Rhythm is the arrangement of sounds as they move through time. You can take any of the sounds listed above and arrange them rhythmically to create music. The term rhythm is also used to describe a specific pattern of sounds. In a very simple form, music can be created by clapping your hands to a specific rhythm. There are many aspects of rhythm and several terms related to it that help us to better understand music.
This site is dedicated to explaining the fundamentals of rhythm, as well as providing many practice patterns to help you improve your rhythm skills. Read through this introduction and play and practice the patterns in the lessons of The Fundamentals of Rhythm, to clarify your understanding of rhythm. The introduction includes definitions and descriptions of basic rhythm terminology as well as explanations of all the different rhythms and note values.
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