This is Musica here, your online musical companion and tutor. Welcome to Lesson #3 of this online music/piano tutor brought to you by ThinkQuest Team #15060, my creator. This is the second part of a two part series on rhythm. It cannot be stressed enough how important rhythm is to a musician. That's why I've devoted two whole lessons on it. But anyway, lets get on with the clapping and counting. Go ahead and download and play this if you haven't already:
In this lesson, you'll learn about slurred notes, dotted notes, sixteenth notes and triplets. Think of slurred notes as a prolongation of a certain note, or of various notes. This creates a steady, uninterupted sound. For example, look at the following picture of a slurred note.
is how it works. You see the half-oval in between the whole note and the eighth
note? That's a slur. What you do here is do not clap the eighth note.
Treat the slurred notes as one long note that's worth 4 1/2 beats. Slurs are
useful because there's no symbol or note that shows 4 1/2 beats across two measures.
Try clapping and counting this.