Rhythm

Cut Time (and how it’s different from common time)

In today’s episode we’re going to talk about something seemingly simple – cut time. We haven’t talked about time signatures in a good long while on this channel (see our videos on 4/4, ¾, and 6/8), so I figured now was a good time to tackle this oft-confusing time signature. We’ll look at what cut…

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Piano Q&A: All about tempo markings in music

In today’s video, we’re going to answer a question about tempo markings in music. It’s a pretty straightforward answer so this won’t be a hugely long video, but it’s an important topic that I’ve yet to discuss on this channel.

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Playing Unusual Time Signatures: Strong & Weak Beats with Examples

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…

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Mastering Musical Rhythms with Fruit

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to have a little fun and be a little silly. We’re going to look at mastering musical rhythms….with fruit. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of fruit. And I’m also a big fan of music! So what happens when you put music together with fruit? Basically…

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Q&A: How to Play With a Metronome

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,…

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Strong and Weak Beats in Time Signatures: Rhythm Lesson

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…

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How dotted notes work, part 2

Hey there! Today’s video is the second part of our short two-part series on dotted notes. If you missed the first video, you can check it out here: How dotted notes work, part 1. This video addresses the more difficult dots – the dotted eighth, and dotted 16th notes. Enjoy!

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How dotted notes work, part 1

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8DLFPcrjk0[/embedyt] Hello! Welcome to the first part of a two-parter on how to read dotted notes in music. Today’s video focuses on the simpler dots (dotted whole note, half note and quarter note), while the next video tackles the smaller, more difficult dots (dotted eighth and sixteenth notes). Enjoy!

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More on Rhythm: 16th Notes

Hello! Today’s episode is all about sixteenth notes – how to play them, how to count them, and some examples. This is a faster, more complex type of rhythm and definitely worth mastering – especially with how frequently they appear not only in beginner music, but intermediate and advanced as well.

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How to Read Triplets: more on rhythm

  Hi folks! Today’s episode talks about the rhythmic anomaly called a “triplet” – basically, three notes that must occur in the space of two notes. Learning how to read triplets will diversify your rhythmic palette, and who doesn’t want that?

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