This exercise will teach you how to count and play some more involved figures. They are all based on taking a continuous stream of 16th notes and "leaving out" some of the notes. This exercise will also start to delve into how rests are used. With written music there will either be notes or rests for every count of a measure.
This exercise is also in 4/4 (4 counts to a measure, a quarter note [4 16th notes] gets one count).
See the two dots and lines at the beginning and end of every measure? Those indicate that the measure(s) in between should be repeated.
I have included the counting syllables under the rhythms. I included the syllables for the rests in parentheses to show how the rests "lay" in the rhythm.
I recommend both counting and playing these with the metronome.
is just straight 16th notes.
is the first two 16th notes of every beat, followed by an eighth note rest. Remember that an eighth note equals 2 16th notes, or half a quarter note(half a beat).
will have you resting for the first 16th note, then playing the next two 16th notes, then resting on the last 16th note of every beat.
involves resting for the first 2 16ths (equal to 1 8th note) of every beat, and playing the last 2 16th notes.
will have you playing on the first and last 16th note division of every beat. Notice that the first note of the figure has a dot following it.
This indicates that the note or rest is 1.5 times as long as the note or rest preceding it. This is true no matter what the note/rest length. The note in our example is an 8th note. An eighth note is two 16th notes long. A dotted eighth note is half again longer, making it take up the same amount of time as three 16th notes.
involves playing on the first three 16th notes in every beat.
involves resting on the beat and playing the last 3 16ths.
is an eighth note followed by 2 16ths.
will have you playing the first two 16th note divisions and the last, leaving out the 3rd one.