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Rhythm exercise 2-1

The master figure of the binary division

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Name Symbol Duration
Two eighth notes

 

½ beat, ½ beat

 

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representation

 

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.

 

 

Beaming

 

 

How to
perform
the
binary
division

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.

The binary
division
becomes
the binary
feel

 

Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed:
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Count 1, 2, 3, 4, before you start

 

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