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Rhythm exercise 2-3

The duration of one beat and one half

Featured figures
Name Symbols Duration

One dotted quarter note,
one eighth note

 


One beat and ½,
½ beat

One quarter note tied to
two eighth notes

 


One beat and ½,
½ beat

One quarter note,
one eight note rest,
one eighth note

 


One beat,
½ beat,
½ beat

 

Graphic
representation

 

As you can notice, there is no difference between the first two ways of writing this rhythm.
The results are identical and no mistake is made by writing in one manner or the other.
The third way of writing, on the other hand, shortens the first note.
Yet, in many circumstances, you would hear little difference, mostly if the tempo is very fast.
The fact the same rhythm can be written in different manners makes reading them back harder.
It is best to get used to reading them all, even if some seem easier

 

Writing the
same rhythm
in different
ways

 

 

How to
perform
this
rhythm

A: Start by doing this rhythm, using the syllable "Ta".

B: Remove the "T" from the second "Ta".

C: Hold the first "Ta".

 

Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed:
•Slowly
At medium speed
•Fast

Audio
renditions


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This exercise is written three different ways.
The first two give identical results. Some notes are shorter in the third.
Tempo 70 bpm  
Tempo 100 bpm  
Tempo 130 bpm  

Count 1, 2, 3, 4, before you start



 

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