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Rhythm exercise 4-1s

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Name Symbols Duration

One sixteenth note rest,
three sixteenth notes



¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat 

x
tied to four sixteenth notes



¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat,
¼ of a beat 

 

Graphic
representation

 


This figure
compared
to the
master
figure

 

Usage
of this
figure

This figure is the secondary version of the master figure of the division by four.
It is very frequently used.
You will see it often in classical music.

 

 

The secondary figures can be written in two different ways:
•With a rest at the beginning
•Preceded by a tie
Using a rest prevents any syncopation.
In the case of a tie, having a syncopation depends on the preceding figure.

All the starting points for the ties are weaker than their arrival on the following beat except for the quarter note.

 

 

Syncopation
or
not?

 

 

How to
perform
this
figure

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

B: Transform the first "Ta" into a "Tu".

C: Eliminate the "Tu".

 
  The last three Mental
description

 

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

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This exercise is written two different ways.
The first line uses ties and the second uses rests.
Tempo 70 bpm  
Tempo 90 bpm  
Tempo 110 bpm  

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


 

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