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Our online rhythmic counting lessons are designed to give you specific knowledge of rhythm and counting, including note and rest lengths, time signatures, and different musical styles. Learning rhythmic counting will allow you to better communicate with other musicians. more...

Be sure to check our general music theory tutorials and the music theory courses that combine both the rhythmic counting and the broader music theory tutorials to provide you with a more structured approach to learning, removing the guesswork of what to study next.
 
 
Rhythmic Counting - The Beat
What is "The Beat?"
 

In this music theory lesson focused on rhythmic counting, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), introduces the concept of "The Beat" which is essential to the way that rhythm is understood in music.

 
 
00:02:08
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 01 - Quarter, Half and Whole Notes
Quarter, Half and Whole Notes
 

In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman discusses quarter, half and whole notes and how to utilize these to find the beat and how to recognize, count, and write them. 

 
 
00:06:58
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 02 - Subdivisions
8th, 16th and 32nd Note Subdivisions
 

In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West). introduces the eighth note, sixteenth note, and thirty-second note, which are all subdivisions of the beat.

 
 
00:09:26
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 03 - Rests
Rests
 

Gain a deeper understanding of musical rests in all forms. Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on teaching you when not to play, but to still keep counting with a rest, or a pause in the music.

 
 
00:08:20
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 04 - Dotted Rhythms
Understanding Dotted Rhythms
 

Gain a deeper understanding of rhythm in modern music with the introduction to dotted rhythms as Matt Teitelman explains what a dotted note does and describes what it looks like.

 
 
00:11:57
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 05 - Common Rhythms Part 1
Common Half, Quarter and Dotted Quarter Rhythms
 

 Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using half notes, dotted half notes, and quarter notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:15:54
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 06 - Common Rhythms 2
Common Quarter, Dotted Quarter, and Eighth Note Rhythms
 

Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using using quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, and eighth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:15:39
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 07 - Common Rhythms 3
Common 8th, Dotted 8th and 16th Note Rhythms
 

Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using eighth notes, dotted eighth notes, and sixteenth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm. 

 
 
00:14:41
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 08 - Tempo
Understanding How Tempo Works
 

Matt Teitelman explains how to understand the speed of music through the concept of tempo, the rate at which a piece of music is played independently of rhythm. 

 
 
00:09:05
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 09 - Rhythm Test 1
Test #1: Whole Notes Through 16th Notes
 

Test your knowledge of whole notes through sixteenth notes with this exercise designed to determine your understanding of the elements of rhythm.

 
 
00:12:53
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 10 - Ties
Understanding Tied Notes
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on when, how, and why to use musical ties in music notation and shows you examples.

 
 
00:06:10
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 11 - Syncopation
Playing Off the Beat
 

Matt Teitelman talks about syncopation, or playing off the beat, and explains how some beats are stronger and others weaker and how playing on the off beat adds a sense of tension and release.

 
 
00:08:09
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 12 - Triplets
Dividing Notes Into Groups of Three
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) discusses how to divide notes into groups of three using triplets, how to create a triplet and how to count them.

 
 
00:14:46
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 13 - Eighth Note Triplets
Counting 8th Note Triplets
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common eighth note triplet rhythms.

 
 
00:12:24
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 14 - Sixteenth Note Triplets
Counting 16th Note Triplets
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common sixteenth note triplet rhythms. 

 
 
00:17:06
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 15 - Swing
Understanding "Swing" in Rhythm
 

Matt Teitelman introduces swing rhythms across all music genres. Swing rhythms are based on eighth note triplets and Matt demonstrates various ways to play, count and write these.

 
 
00:10:12
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 16 - Triplet Test
Test #2: Triplets
 

Test your knowledge of triplet rhythms and rhythmic concepts. 

 
 
00:11:35
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 17 - Basics of Time Signatures
Understanding How Time Signatures Work
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains the basic rules of time signatures and explores many of the note combinations possible. 

 
 
00:06:15
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 18 - 3|4 Time Signature
Understanding the 3/4 Time Signature
 

Matt Teitelman discusses the 3/4 time signature, otherwise known as waltz time, and demonstrates this time signature with several musical examples. 

 
 
00:03:59
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 19 - 2|4 & 2|2 Time Signatures
Understanding 2/2 and 2/4 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman explores the 2/2, or cut time, and the 2/4 time signatures often used in marching music, as well as, samba or salsa music.

 
 
00:07:15
Beginner
 
Rhythmic Counting 20 - 6|8 & 12|8 Time Signatures
Understanding 6/8 and 12/8 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) examines the 6/8 and 12/8 time signatures and explains the reasons for using an eighth note pulse versus a quarter note pulse.

 
 
00:10:01
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 21 - 5|4 & 7|4 Time Signatures
Understanding 5/4 and 7/4 Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman explores the 5/4 and 7/4 time signatures and gives you examples where these odd time signatures are used. 

 
 
00:05:58
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 22 - Alternating Time Signatures
Working With Alternating Time Signatures
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains alternating time signatures, also known as changing or shifting time signatures, and examines examples of these within a single piece of music.

 
 
00:05:32
Intermediate
 
Rhythmic Counting 23 - Clave
Understanding the Clave Concept and Pattern
 

Matt Teitelman delves into the rhythm known as clave, named for the instrument that it is played on (the claves), discussing it as an opportunity to explore beats of different length. 

 
 
00:05:09
Advanced
 
Rhythmic Counting 24 - Polyrhythms
Understanding How Polyrhythms Work
 

Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores the concept of polyrhythms, providing musical examples of these counter rhythms and gives mnemonic devices to remember them.

 
 
00:07:20
Advanced
 
 
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