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Read Rhythms

Practise making the connection between heard rhythms and traditional score notation, so that you can easily read or write down rhythms.

After completing this module: you will be able to read quarter, 8th and 16th note rhythms from notation and write them down when you hear them.

This module is designed to help you get comfortable and fluent with reading and writing rhythms with traditional score notation. In each lesson you will be introduced to the rhythm elements being used. Each lesson has three difficulty levels: “Easy”, “Medium” and “Hard”. Then take the quizzes to check your new skills.

Module Preview

Below is a sample introductory lesson for Read Rhythms. Learn the basics of quarter notes, 8th notes, and 16th notes. Review the sound examples and test your rhythm knowledge!

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Quarter Note Rhythms
  3. 8th Note Rhythms
  4. 16th Note Rhythms
  5. Discussion

Introduction

In this lesson you will practise rhythms which use the following rhythmic patterns:

Quarter notes:

quarter_note

Quarter note rests:

quarter_note_rest

Examples

Here are some example rhythms. You can use these in two ways:

  1. Listen to the clip, and try to work out the rhythm.
  2. Write it down. Speak it out as an intermediate step if that helps.Or, scroll down and then:
  3. Read the score and then speak it out or try to play it on your instrument.

Easy

Example 1

Example 1:
Melody_Lesson_1_Easy_Example_1
Example 2:
Melody_Lesson_1_Easy_Example_2
Example 3:
Melody_Lesson_1_Easy_Example_3

Medium

Example 1:
Melody_Lesson_1_Medium_Example_1
Example 2:
Melody_Lesson_1_Medium_Example_2
Example 3:
Melody_Lesson_1_Medium_Example_5

Hard

Example 1:
Melody_Lesson_1_Hard_Example_1
Example 2:
Melody_Lesson_1_Hard_Example_2
Example 3:
Melody_Lesson_1_Hard_Example_3

Member Success

“Great to practice speak rhythms.”