Ear Training Course
Rhythm Module Preview
It is possible to improve your natural sense of rhythm, and with rhythm ear training you learn to have a keener sense of the “groove” of music.
Accuracy of rhythm in your playing is a big part of what can make you sound professional instead of loose and amateur. Use rhythm ear training to tighten up your timing and give you more options for playing in different styles.
- Bring energy to your music
- Play better with other musicians
- A new dimension for your improvisation
- Appreciate more unusual genres
What You’ll Learn
Watch the video introduction to the rhythm module to find out exactly what we mean by “rhythm”, what rhythm ear training involves, and how it can help you in music.
Rhythm is an aspect of music often assumed to be a “natural gift” – but it can be learned, and rhythm ear training can greatly improve your natural sense of rhythm.
Why do Rhythm Ear Training
Rhythm is so fundamental a part of music you may not question the importance of improving your sense of rhythm. But there are actually several great reasons to learn rhythm ear training.
How to do Rhythm Ear Training
Don’t take your sense of rhythm for granted. Use exercises like these to improve your rhythmic sensitivity and accuracy.
You’ll also find out about the sounds of the “on beat” and “off beat”, and “syncopated” rhythms, and how to connect the sounds of rhythms with the way they’re written down.
Rhythm Ear Training Tips
Make sure your rhythm ear training keeps on track using these clear and simple tips.
Each “Do” and “Don’t” helps you learn from the experience of all the musicians who’ve studied rhythm before you, so that you can improve fast.
Listen to Examples
It’s easy to get lost in the theory and notation of rhythm, but at its core rhythm is instinctive, human, and based in sound.
In this part of the module rhythm comes to life with specially created musical clips which demonstrate the rhythm ear training concepts you’ve been learning about so far.
Can you tell whether it’s the “on” or “off” beats being accented? Do you know how to hear the difference between “up” beats and “down” beats? What about a “straight” vs “swung” rhythm?
These aren’t just words: they are the aspects of rhythm that we feel in our bodies when music plays. Use these simple exercises to start tuning your ear into these vital types of rhythm.
Continue your rhythm ear training with the resources throughout the module and these 3 top recommended next steps.
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