How Music Works: Time & Rhythm

Time-And-Rhythm-Featured-Photo-by-Lee-Pigott-on-Unsplash Photo by Lee Pigott on Unsplash

Welcome to the grossly under-appreciated subject of musical time and rhythm…

Encompassing a wide variety of subjects: pulse, tempo, meter, up-beats, down-beats, back-beats, sub-beats, super-beats, note duration, rests, melodic rhythm, melodic contour, dynamics, acceleration and deceleration, cycles, repetitions, anticipation, delay, melodic motives, harmonic rhythm, phrasing, and form.

In this section, we will cover just the basics.  More advanced topics, such as swing, rubato, syncopation, and poly-rhythms, will be explored in the various “schools” of music as the need arises. Enjoy!

  1. The First Lesson
  2. Time Never Stops
  3. Pulse & Meter 
  4. Downbeats & Upbeats
  5. Time Signatures
  6. Tempo
  7. The Metronome
  8. A Two-Fisted Study of a Repeating Pulse
  9. A Two-Fisted Study in 2/4 Time
  10. A Two-Fisted Study in 3/4 Time
  11. A Two-Fisted Study in 4/4 Time
  12. A Two-Fisted Study in 6/8 Time
  13. A Two-Fisted Study in Paradiddles
  14. Micro-Lessons
Advertisements