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This third installment of Really Useful Guitar Stuff is all about rhythm and was co-written with drum guru Justin Scott (Head of Drums at The Drum Institute).

This book is aimed at an intermediate level, but will be of huge benefit to anyone that needs to work on their rhythm skills!

Music consists of melody and rhythm and in my experience as a teacher, it is rhythm that is most often overlooked. Everybody worries about what notes to play when perhaps, they should be thinking about where to play them! Without a proper understanding of rhythm you will only ever be half way there! This book is about correcting that balance. 

This ebook is written for you to learn about reading, as well as writing and understanding rhythm. By learning to read and understand rhythm you will develop an internal understanding of rhythm.

It's 223 Pages long and covers 8th note and 16th note patterns, ties, rests and syncopation.


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Understanding Rhythm Notation - Contents


Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................. 5

Part 1: The Basics
Lesson 1 
The Notes ............................................................................................................... 9
Recognition Test 1 ...................................................................................................... 10
Beaming ..................................................................................................................... 11
Bars ............................................................................................................................ 11
Time Signatures ......................................................................................................... 12
Recognition Test 2 ...................................................................................................... 14
Counting Systems ...................................................................................................... 15
Clefs ........................................................................................................................... 16
Repeat Brackets ......................................................................................................... 16
Exercise 1 .................................................................................................................. 17

Lesson 2
Quarter Note and Eighth Note Figures ....................................................................... 19
Exercises .................................................................................................................... 20

Lesson 3
The Rests ................................................................................................................... 26
Counting Rests ........................................................................................................... 26
Recognition Test 3 ...................................................................................................... 27
Exercises .................................................................................................................... 28

Lesson 4
Tied Notes .................................................................................................................. 33
Recognition Test 4 ...................................................................................................... 34
Exercises .................................................................................................................... 36

Lesson 5
Dots ............................................................................................................................ 42
Quarter Note and Eighth Note Figures Involving Dotted Notes ................................. 43
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 44

Lesson 6
Syncopated Quarter Note and Eighth Note Figures .................................................. 50
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 52

Lesson 7
Introducing Sixteenth Notes ....................................................................................... 58
Basic Sixteenth Note Figures ..................................................................................... 59
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 60

Lesson 8
Sixteenth Note Figures Involving Dots ....................................................................... 72
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 73

Lesson 9
Sixteenth Note Figures Involving Rest ....................................................................... 79
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 80

Part 2: Advanced Sixteenth Note Reading

Lesson 10
Studies Involving Mixed Sixteenth Note Figures ........................................................ 108
Exercises ................................................................................................................... 109

Lesson 11
Studies Involving Mixtures Of All Figures ................................................................... 186
Exercises .................................................................................................................... 187

Lesson 12
Studies Involving Mixtures Of All Figures And Tied Notes ......................................... 198
Exercises .................................................................................................................... 199

Lesson 13
Duet Exercises ........................................................................................................... 205
Duet #1 ....................................................................................................................... 206
Duet #2 ....................................................................................................................... 207
Duet #3 ....................................................................................................................... 209

Bye Bye ...................................................................................................................... 211

Appendices
Recognition Test 1 Answers ....................................................................................... 213
Recognition Test 2 Answers ....................................................................................... 214
Recognition Test 3 Answers ....................................................................................... 215
Recognition Test 4 Answers ....................................................................................... 216
Practice Log ............................................................................................................... 217


How To Use

My introduction to reading rhythms was a book by Louis Belson's Modern Reading Text in 4:4, which was a good book. But there were many things that I thought were lacking too - there was no explanations or help at all - just pages of rhythms. There were (and still are) many mistakes in it and it also lacked the structure that we have got in this book. We stood on the shoulder of a giant! ;)

We start by reading and counting, understanding how note values (durations) are written and how to read tap and count along. Learning to these basic skills will help your understanding, and you will find that practicing reading rhythms will help your ‘internal understanding' - you will find that just by playing (or hearing or tapping) a rhythm you will know how to write it and how to ‘feel' it.

Feeling the rhythms is the goal here - to have played the rhythms enough times that have been consolidated internally so that you know them instinctively.

You should aim to recognise the rhythmic patterns in ‘blocks', much the same way as we recognise words. When a child learns to read they must spell out each letter of the word one at a time until they have done it enough times that they recognise the word instantly.

It is the same process here - you should be repeating the exercises over and over, without trying to memorise the exercises, but to recognise the ‘blocks'.

I would recommend that all instruments start learning to read by tapping along, without regard to note duration. Drummers generally do not control the duration of the notes (‘hit points'), but other instruments such as bass guitar have a great emphasis on the ‘rhythm of the silence'. Once you have played through a given chapter you might like to go through the exercises and play them on your instrument if you are able. I have found playing scales is a good way to play the rhythms and can be a creative and fun way to do the exercises - but I would only recommend doing that after you are comfortable tapping or clapping them.

You will almost certainly find that doing the exercises in this book will improve your general sense of time and your rhythm playing - and hopefully you will put these exercises into practice with transcriptions too. If you are a guitarist transcribing music (which you should be) and writing it in guitar tab, you will find it very useful to add rhythms, it will help you understand what is being played, help you see the bar lines and the underlying harmony of the song, and therefore help you analyze the song deeper too. You will find the transcription of rhythm as challenging as the notes, and equally as beneficial I'm sure.

I hope you enjoy it!


Reviews

We've not had it out long enough to have any reviews here yet - but the forum mods that I sent an advance copy too all liked it! Will get some up here as soon some people review it for me!

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Credits

Written by Justin Sandercoe and Justin Scott. All rights reserved ©2010.