Daniel Laberge

Rhythm exercise 4-4

Featured figure
Name Symbol Duration

One dotted eighth note,
one sixteenth note



¾ of a beat,
¼ of a beat 

 

Graphic
representation

 


This figure
compared
to the
master
figure

 

Usage
of this
figure

This figure also dates from the Middle Ages.
Its configuration, one very long followed by one short, makes it a very grounded figure.

 

This figure is often mistaken for the swing figure, and vice versa.
This is because their proportions are similar.

The difference between the position of the second note of these figures is only 8.33%.
But this small distance is clearly audible and efforts must be made not to confuse them.
They are easy to distinguish since the swing figure is only met in ternary music.
In the same manner, the figure "one dotted eighth note followed by one sixteenth note" only exist in binary pieces.

 

 

Confusion
with
the
swing
figure

 

 

How to
perform
this
figure

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

B: Transform the second and third "Ta" into a "Tu".

C: Eliminate the "Tu".

 
  One lo-o-ong, one short Mental
description

 

Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed:
•Slowly
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Tempo 70 bpm  
Tempo 90 bpm  
Tempo 110 bpm  

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


 

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