Speed of Playing Tempo
At this point we need to introduce how fast we clap these rhythms, our tempo. Do it slow at
a speed you can control. Speed will be added and developed as you learn
the rhythm.
Speed can be stated in terms of beats per minute. For our example
say
quarter note = 60 means to play a quarter note with 60 beats per
minute. Or play one quarter note per second. This is the baroque speed
and is a great speed to learn simple rhythms.
If we used eighth note = 60 we would play an eight note every second.
Which is twice as slow as a quarter note.
Wow,
that’s a lot of fours in the previous pattern, let’s try another one,
how about the waltz rhythm. We all dance to this one. It is
counted: ONE, two, three. ONE, two, three.Accent on
the one.
Time
Signature  Three Quarter Time:
Only 3 quarter notes in a measure
This time we are working with "threefour" time. How do we
count it? Work it from the top numeral this time.
"3" represents
number of beats per measure, count and clap 1  2  3.
"4" represents the
time value of the beat – a quarter note.
The counting will be done with quarter notes and there will be three
counts per measure.
Next up let’s count on an eighth note.
Time
Signature: (Six Eight Time)
What
happens if we decide to use eight notes as our counting beat? Well, we
can now make the bottom number an 8; so that every eighth note gets a
count of 1.
This time we are working with "sixeight" time. How do we
count it?
The bottom number: "8"
represents the time value of the beat – an eighth note.
The top number "6" represents
number of beats per measure,
count and clap 1  2  3  4  5  6.
The beat will be an eighth note and there will be 6 counts per measure.
Next
we will apply the time value to more than one measure and with
different note durations and values to count with in the music
time.
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Rhythm Beats
