Learning how to play Rhythms
Worksheets – Music-Theory-Worksheet-7-Rests-Stems
- RHYTHM –
- BEAT – a main accent or rhythmic unit or pulse in music or poetry. The conductor or drummer give the beat of 1 2 3 4
- METER –
- SYNCOPATION – a rhythm pattern can become syncopated.
Working with a partner
Create two of your own word to rhythm combinations. Can you notate them using rhythm notation? Perform them for the class or another pair of students.
Below is a visual of how the note values can be compared to fractions of a circle
OK, let’s try answering the note value questions on this handout.
Let’s clap rhythms
Meaning of Rhythm Game
- Drums use to be used in Africa to communicate over long distances.
- Let’s see if you can have a conversation with another student using rhythm
Starter – Clapping Call and Response Game
Teacher Led – clapping one or two measure patterns and student responding
Student PAIRS – same as above with students taking turn.
Time signature, Note values, and counting
COUNTING EXERCISE – play on drum pads or clap
Notice above that there each beat of a measure has the notes ‘beamed’ together to give you a visual sense that it is one beat or count of the measure.
Dotted notes and rests.
You can print out the sheet below for your reference
More complex Sixteenth Note patterns
As a class try clapping these two beat rhythm patterns
Counting and Performing Different Rhythm Combinations with audio listening examples
Next, as a class try reading one measure rhythm combinations from the teacher’s rhythm cards.
Working with a partner try notating your own one measure rhythm combinations using whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests.
add sixteenth notes and rests as well
try two measure combinations and the four measures
As a class try performing and counting this short rhythm piece.
Now try this one with triplets added
Let’s play a short snare drum solo with this reading exercise.
Below are two snare solos:
Try this one first = essential-beginners-snare-drum
Next, try this piece next which incorporates accents and rim playing = blue wool snare solo