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Intermediate Piano Rhythm

Welcome to Lesson #3 of this online music/piano tutor. 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:

Beat.mid

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.


This 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.


You're probably wondering what the use of all this clapping and counting is. Well, it means a lot, and it's probably helped you a lot, whether you know it or not. But from now on, you'll see a small key at the bottom of the browser. From now on, go ahead and use this. But don't substitute this for your clapping and counting. This is an extremely important thing to do each and every time until the end of at least Lesson #3.

Hey look! I'm down there now! Haha! You probably also see the single piano key. Think of this is one of many keys on the piano keyboard. Later on, when you've become a bit more advanced and learned how to play different notes, you'll see more keys. But for now, all we need to learn is rhythm. This is the same as the first screen from this lesson, except this time, tap on the key along with the clapping and counting. Good luck! Do not play the Beat.mid while you're tapping the key...most likely your sound card does not allow playing two midi files at the same time.

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.


This 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 tap on the key when the eighth note comes up. 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 playing this.


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