Short note figures are beamed together in order to form groups whose total equals one beat.
This greatly simplifies reading the rhythm back.
This procedure is comparable to grouping letters together to form words. An atemporal space is formed between each word or rhythmic figure, but it is ignored while reading.
A: Count 1, 2, 1, 2, aloud, making sure you space the numbers equally, be curt and precise.
B: Beat your foot on number 1 only.
C: Say Ta, Ta, instead of 1, 2.
You only have to perform the binary division for a few seconds before you start feeling it.
At that point, you don't have to count or be conscious of anything anymore. The goal is to feel this rhythm physically.
You can stop saying it's a binary division and call it a binary feel.
Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed: •Slowly •At medium speed •Fast