Category Archives: Rhythm

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Today we’re going to talk about unusual time signatures. We’re going to look at some of the weird counting patterns you might come across, and how to approach them and “feel them out”.

This is the second part of a video series about strong and weak beats – if you missed the first one, check it out.

We’re going to look at how to count unusual time signatures, and figure out where the strong and weak beats are. We’ll also listen to some musical examples so you can hear how they sound.
So let’s get started!

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In today’s video, I wanted to talk about how you can learn to play with a metronome. I also want to talk about why you would use a metronome in the first place, how much to use it, and if it makes a difference in your playing at all.

Today’s video is actually a request, so I’ll do the best I can with this question and hopefully it helps you guys out. Also, if you have any other video requests, or questions you want answered, feel free to leave it in the comments below. I have a running list of requests, and while I might not necessarily answer them quickly, I always put them on the list, and bring them up when I can.

Also just a quick reminder that I pre-recorded this video and am currently on vacation, so I won’t be able to answer your comments immediately. I look forward to reading them when I get back!
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Today’s video is a collaboration with my friend Eric over at popmusictheory.com. He’s awesome and does really good in-depth blog posts once a week on nerdy theory topics, but in a really accessible way – by relating it to pop music.

So today we’ve decided to collaborate on a rhythmic topic: Strong and weak beats in different time signatures. You might not have thought about it before, but when you’re listening to a song, not all beats are equal. Some land with a stronger “thud” than other beats.

In this episode, we’ll talk about rhythmic conventions – for example, what are the strongest beats in 4/4 time? We’ll also talk about rule-breaking, aka syncopation, and how composers twist and turn standard rhythms to make them more exciting.

Here’s the link to Eric’s blog post on the topic, definitely go check it out. We’ll be covering some of the same ground, but his focus will be using pop music as examples, whereas I’ll be using classical music for my examples.

Let’s get into it!
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