Year 7: Rhythm and Beat

Lesson 4

In the last lesson you learnt how to play two different groups of rhythms. In this lesson, you will learn about a third type of rhythm which is quite fast.

Activity 1

Look carefully at these three rhythms.  To hear each one, click on the buttons.

Hear part 1 Hear part 2 Hear part 3 Hear all parts

For part 3, you might find it easier if you said "1 po ta to  2 po ta to " etc. to keep you in time.

Activity 2

You can combine any of the 3 rhythms in any way.  Try playing these rhythms.  To hear the rhythm, click on the buttons.

Activity 3

Here is a 4 bar rhythm.  Before you play, look at it and count it out, using 1 & 2 &  and 'potatoes'.  Using words like this will help you to feel the rhythm when you play it.  Choose a small drum, or clap the rhythm.

Here is another to try.  This one has no counting underneath the notes.  If you need to, write them in yourself.  This is a palindrome.  Can you see where the mirror image starts?

Activity 4 - Listening test

Listen to the five tests below.  In each test, you will hear a one bar rhythm.  Try to write it down.  Listen to each test three times.
Click on the buttons to hear the test.

1.          2.         3.         4.        5.

Click here to see the answers


Music from Cuba is often called 'Salsa'.  The rhythms are very repetitive, but are very complex, using syncopations - this is where the rhythms are played off the beat.  Listen to this salsa music, by clicking on the button.