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Rhythm exercise 2-5

Single syncopation without ending

Featured figures
Name Symbols Duration

Two eighth notes
tied to
a quarter note


½ beat,
one beat and ½

One eighth note,
one dotted quarter note


½ beat,
one beat and ½

Two eighth notes,
one quarter note rest


½ beat,
½ beat,
one beat




It is important to understand that:
• The syncopation does not occur at the beginning of the   syncopated note.
• Its presence has no influence on the sound, since it is a   feeling experienced by the listener.

Thus, one has to distinguish syncopated note and moment of the syncopation.
The syncopated note is placed on a weak rhythmic position.
The syncopation itself happens at the following strong position.


is the
exactly ?



How to

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

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

C: Hold the second "Ta".


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


Stereo field

Stereo disposition

This exercise is written three different ways.
The first two give identical results. Some notes are shorter in the third.
Note: there are no syncopations in the third version.
Tempo 70 bpm  
Tempo 100 bpm  
Tempo 130 bpm  

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


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