Rhythm is at the very essence of being. Our hearts beat. We walk and run in time. The sun rises and sets. The tides ebb and flow. It’s no wonder that rhythm is at the heart of our music, too. In this tutorial Gregg Fine examines rhythm and shows us the theory behind constructing solid beats and how rhythm is used in different musical genres.
Rhythm is made up of many different components. In this tutorial you’ll learn about the foundation of beats. You’ll see how rhythm is broken down into its essential components: Tempo, Measure, Note Values and Rests. You’ll learn all about Time Signatures and how they influence the pattern of strong and weak beats in a musical phrase.
Gregg then starts moving the beat around: In this section he explains how musical rhythms are interpreted by creating Shuffle and Swing. You’ll discover the power of syncopation and how it helps create musical interest and adds unexpected excitement to a tune. There’s even a cool video that demonstrates playing behind the beat and how it affects the feel of a performance.
Finally Gregg takes you through 5 different musical styles, beat by beat, and explains the importance of rhythm in their construction.
If you enjoy this tutorial be sure to check out Gregg’s other outstanding Music Theory tutorials on Melody, Harmony and Song Form.
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unitymusic wrote on September 21, 2017
This is such a great course. It really defines rhythmic concepts in a clear and concise way. Gregg Fine is consummate educator and delivers the material flawlessly.
Rhythm wrote on February 23, 2016
First I thought I wouldn't need this course, but it still had a lot of useful information for me. It's very nice to watch the whole series. It made me make better music no doubt.
A Spooner wrote on June 6, 2015
Excellent, excellent course. Rhythms are the foundation of the music I produce (electronic) and this course reinforced things I knew and highlighted things I didn't know or fully understand. An essential for all electronic music producers just starting out or those who are looking for some inspiration. 10/10
Thieu Nguyen wrote on March 2, 2015
Thank You. Short, clear explanation, to the point with musical leading form.
Simple but Effective.
Brock wrote on February 17, 2015
This course on rhythm got better and better as it moved on to lessons describing genres and intermediate rhythmic concepts. There is a lot that could be put into this tutorial, but given the length, it has still been a valuable tool for me.
Simtech16 wrote on December 8, 2014
Good, straightforward, musical rhythm theory. Particularly useful for producers/arrangers/composers who are not drummers.
Dan wrote on September 22, 2014
Nice course giving the basics of Rhythm and some style examples. Easy to follow.
Christodoulou Giorgos wrote on August 17, 2014
Scientific expanatios. Excellent. Thank you very much......................
Aaron wrote on June 13, 2014
Brilliant stuff. Pieced together in a way that is perfectly easy to understand.
Anthony wrote on April 9, 2014
Fantastic course. I'm pretty familiar with rhythm; but this course made very apparent, quite a few things I was doing; and I'm now able to apply my knowledge of rhythm into my compositions, rather than just free-styling. This course has been of tremendous help.