Year 7: Rhythm and Beat

Lesson 2

In the last lesson, we looked at a grid consisting of 8 boxes.  Each box represented a beat.  In some of the boxes, there were dots, and you had to hit a drum or clap when there was a dot in a box.

In this lesson you will learn :



Listen to this grid with 8 boxes.  Notice how the 2 dots in the box are played.


 
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Activity 1
For this exercise you will need a small percussion instrument.  If you haven't got one, then clap.
Below is a grid with 16 boxes. If a box is empty, wait for one beat.
To help you, the beats are printed above the dots.  Count it like this :
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Every 4 beats is called a bar.  If there are 4 beats in the bar and there are 16 beats, there must be 4 bars in total (4x4=16)

Click the button for a beat at 130BPM (Beats per minute)


 
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Now click this button to hear the beat with the dots at the same time.  Did you get it right?



Activity 2
Here is one to try with a partner.
Notice that this one is symmetrical.  If you folded it in half at the end of the 2nd bar, the 2nd half looks like a mirror image of the 1st half.  This is called a palindrome.  Try to choose two instruments that sound different to each other.
 
 
 
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Activity 3
Now make up your own palindrome for two people.
Practise it until you can both play your part, then perform it to the class.
 
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Activity 4 - Listening tests

Listen to the tests carefully.  You have to write down the dots you hear.  Some are single dots, some are double dots and some boxes are blank.  The tests are two bars long (8 beats).  You may play each test twice. Click on the button to hear each test.

Test 1


 
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Test 2


 
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Test 3


 
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Finished?  Check your answers here



Information
Perhaps the most famous percussionist in the world is Evelyn Glennie.  She has written many books on percussion playing, gives many tours as a solo percussionist and writes music for film and television.  Evelyn has hearing difficulties and in fact has done a lot of work with children with hearing impairment.  Recently she has been working on an album with the Icelandic singer Bjork.  She also plays the bagpipes and is a keen painter!


Evelyn Glennie