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Music Theory for Guitar - Reading Basic Rhythm - Part 2

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Reading Basic Rhythm - Part 2

I said in the first part that notes are grouped. How the notes are grouped, defines the basic rhythm. The most common way of grouping notes, is four beats to the bar.

I have put together the melody below to illustrate how notes are grouped in four beats pr bar. The melody will not be my breakthrough as a hit composer. But if you listen to the MIDI track while you are reading the notes, you should be able to hear how the notes are grouped toghether, and not only see it. The first note in each group of four is slightly emphasized. The numbers between the standard notation and the tab, indicate how you count the beats, by counting to four in each bar.


If we go back to the example from the first lesson, it should be grouped into three beats pr bar, which gives the meter 3/4. Here you have to count 1 - 2 - 3, 1 -2 -3, etc. When counting the dotted quarter note followed by an 1/8 note, you count (1 - 2) and 3. The "two and" divided the note, and the 1/8 note fall on the second part – the "and".


I will come back to more rhythm reading later. But this is it for now. Next time I will discuss reading of intervals, and then reading of chords, before I come back to more melody and rhythms.

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