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Rhythm exercise 4-6s

Featured figure
Name Symbols Duration

One sixteenth note rest,
one eighth note,
one sixteenth note

¼ of a beat,
½ a beat,
¼ of a beat

tied to one sixteenth note,
one eighth note,
one sixteenth note

¼ of a beat,
½ a beat,
¼ of a beat




This figure
to the


of this

This figure is probably the hardest to feel of all.
It only contains the two weakest elements of a beat, giving it a gliding sensation.
Humans have generally started feeling this figure since the rhythm revolution of the 1975-85 period, but few people could repeat it, even nowadays.



This figure marks the end of the long evolution of rhythms based on the division by four.
The history of sixteenth note rhythms started more than a thousand years ago with the appearance of the master figure which resulted from the resubdivision of the binary division.
Two new notes had been added between the existing two.

Now in the twenty-first century, we are able to feel and play all sixteen possibilities ensuing from this division.
The figure studied here represents the outcome of this system, since we find in it the simple eighth note rhythm, but this time shifted by one quarter of a beat.

Correctly written:



The end
of the



How to

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

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

C: Eliminate the "Tu".

  The second and the fourth Mental


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 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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