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Course: Learn How To Read & Play Music Rhythms

Learn How To Read & Play Music Rhythms

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About this Course

This online video course will teach you simple and powerful techniques to read, write, sing and play music rhythms found in music scores. The course contains detailed explanations, musical dictations, practice exercises & progress tests designed to help you save time, money and make learning music rhythms easier. Suitable for all ages, all instruments and people who want to understand and share musical ideas with other musicians. Accessible on mobile or desktop with an internet connection

Basic knowledge

Speaking english

Having your instrument will be helpful

Singers can use this course

What you will learn
  • Read, write, sing & play the rhythms found in music scores and their rests


  • Understand measure, bar, staff & common terminology


  • Sync playing hands and feet with the various rhythms taught


  • Learn from 53 videos averaging 8 mins a video
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 53
Total Duration: 07:09:11
Part 1 - Whole, Half and Quarter Notes
  • 1. Finding The One with Roach  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you the importance of finding the one in music. He will run you through some examples to help you to understand how to find the one and count the beats. 


  • 2. Whole, Half & Quarter Note  

    In this lesson you will learn how to sing and count the duration of a whole, half and quarter note and their rest counterparts. You will be given a bunch of examples on how to verbalise each of these rhythms and how to mix them up.


  • 3. Introduction To Rhythmic Clichés  

    Seth will introduce the concept of rhythmic clichés and test your knowledge by singing various rhythms using previously learned clichés. Your task is to identify what types of notes he is using. 


  • 4. How To Do Your Musical Dictations  

    In this lesson Seth will be give you a musical dictation where he will sing a rhythm and you have to write down the musical notation of what you hear. This lesson shows what you can expect for future musical dictations. 

  • 5. Musical Dictation 1 - Whole, Half, Quarter  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try the 5 musical dictation exercises mixing up whole, half, quarter notes and their rest counterparts. 

  • 6. How To Do Homework  

    In this lesson Seth will walk you through how to do the homework exercises provided in this course illustrating how to sing and play the exercises with your voice and instrument.

  • 7. Homework 1 - Whole, Half & Quarter Notes Test  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of whole, half and quarter notes. 

  • 8. Syncing Hand & Foot for Whole, Half & Quarter Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you some fundamental basics on how you can sync your hands and feet to play in time with whole, half and quarter notes. Try the homework 1 again after watching this video and try to tap your foot and play. 

Part 2 - 8th Notes
  • 9. 1 Beat 8th Note Clichés  

    This lesson will discuss what are the typical 8th note clichés and Seth will show you how to count these eigth notes as 1 beat clichés. 

  • 10. Musical Dictation 2 – Quarter, Half, Rests, 8th Notes  

    This dictation will train you to write quarter rest, half rest, quarter notes, half notes and 8th notes. Seth will first teach you with 2 examples on how to listen and write these notes. Get a pen and paper ready to do 7 exercises.

  • 11. 2 Beat Clichés With 8th Notes  

    This lesson will discuss what are the typical 2 beat 8###sup/sup### note clichés and Seth will show you how to think of these clichés as a single unit. 

  • 12. Musical Dictation 3 – 8th Note 2 Beat Clichés  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 3 musical dictation exercises mixing up the 2 beat cliches learned from the previous lesson using eighth notes and quarter note rests. 

  • 13. Measure, Bar and Staff  

    Learning what the treble clef, staff lines and how time signature is written. Seth will teach you how to divide a measure into 4 beats, what types of notes are considered to be 1 beat cliché and 2 beat clichés.

  • 14. Musical Dictation 4 - Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 4 musical dictation exercises mixing up whole, half, quarter and 8th notes learned from the previous lesson. Seth will also teach you a simpler way to write a quarter rest. 

  • 15. Adding Up To Equal One  

    When you place notes in a measure, the total value when added up together has to equal one. Seth is going to break down the mathematics of how how you can add notes up to equal one. 

Part 2 - 8th Note Rests
  • 16. Introduction To 8th Note Rests  

    Seth will show you 6 new clichés that you will find with 8th note rests. Get ready to learn how to hear and write the reggae rhythm and more in this lesson. 

  • 17. Musical Dictation 5 - 8th Note Rest Dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 4 musical dictation exercises for 8th note rests.

  • 18. 2 Beat Clichés Of 8th Note Rests  

    In this lesson you will be taught 4 new clichés which can be used to make complex rhythms. You will also be given musical dictation so keep your pen and paper ready. 

  • 19. Homework 2 – 2 Beat Clichés of 8th Notes & Rests  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of two beat 8th note clichés. In this homework you will learn to train yourself to sing with and without the rests. Each exercise will be repeated twice.

  • 20. Syncing Hand & Foot for 8th Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you some fundamental basics on how you can sync your hands and feet to play in time with whole, half and quarter notes. Try the homework 1 again after watching this video and try to tap your foot and play. 

  • 21. Homework 3 – 8th Notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of 8th notes. 

  • 22. Musical Dictation 6 - Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th & Rests  

    In this lesson you will try 3 dictations with whole, half, quarter, 8th note and their rest equivalents.

  • 23. Progress Test 1  

    In this progress test you will be tested on all of the rhythmic clichés covered so far in 10 measures. You will have to sing 5 measures in one go and then play the 5 measures. At the end you can try all ten measures together at a faster speed. Good luck

Part 4 - Dotted Notes
  • 24. Dotted Notes  

    Discover how adding a dot to a half note, quarter note, 8th note and their rests can change the duration of a note. Seth will run you through some examples of typically seen dotted notes and teach you how to complete the measures whenever dots are involved. 

  • 25. Musical Dictation 7 - Dotted Note Dictation  

    In this lesson you will try 4 dictations with rests and dotted notes. Get your pen and paper ready. 

  • 26. Syncing Hand & Foot for Dotted Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you how to sync your hands and feet to play in time with dotted notes. 

  • 27. Homework 4 - Dotted Notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of dotted notes. 

  • 28. Not Crossing the line  

    Musicians commonly sight read music in a way that is easy for them to read rhythms. However some written rhythms can cross the line, which ends up being confusing. Seth will illustrate some relevant examples of what it means to cross the line. This way you will be able to write rhythms that are easily understood by other musicians and prevent you from crossing the line. 

Part 5 - Tying Notes
  • 29. Tying Notes  

    Seth will show you couple of examples of how you can cross the line by tying notes together. 

  • 30. Musical Dictation 8 - Tying Notes Dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 4 musical dictation exercises on tying notes learned from the previous lesson. 

  • 31. Homework 5 – Tying Notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of Tying notes. 

  • 32. Progress Test 2  

    In this progress test you will be tested on tying the rhythmic clichés covered in 20 measures. You will first have to sing the measures with or without the rests (your choice) and then play the measures. 

Part 6 – 16th Notes
  • 33. 16th Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will run you through 11 types of 1 beat cliches for sixteenth notes commonly seen in musical rhythms. He will explain them in detail and teach you how to sing them. 

  • 34. Mixing Up 16th Note Clichés  

    Seth is going to teach you an effectively simple technique to help you master the various types of 16th note clichés. Be prepared to snap and sing along while he runs you through a series of examples to help you mix up the clichés. 

  • 35. Syncing Hand & Foot for 16th Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you how to sync your hands and feet to play in time with 16th notes. 

  • 36. Musical Dictation 9 - 16th notes dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 7 musical dictation exercises on 16th note clichés. 

  • 37. Homework 6 - 16th notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of the various types of 16th note clichés. 

  • 38. Tying 16th Notes  

    Tying 16th notes is fairly challenging to learn and Seth simplifies this learning curve with simple explanations on how to tie 16th notes.  

  • 39. Musical Dictation 10 - Tying 16th Notes Dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 4 musical dictation exercises on tying 16th note clichés.

  • 40. Homework 7 – Tying 16th notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of tying 16th note clichés.

Part 7 – Dotted 8th Notes
  • 41. Dotted 8th Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will show you how to sing the 6 clichés of dotted 8th notes. 

  • 42. Musical Dictation 11 - Dotted 8th Note Dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 4 musical dictation exercises on dotted 8th note clichés.

  • 43. Homework 8 – Dotted 8th Notes  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of the various dotted 8th note clichés.

  • 44. Triplet Notes  

    In this lesson you will learn how to differentiate between triplet notes and 16th notes, how to read, write and sing the 9 clichés of triplet rhythms and shown a mashup of how to combine the rhythms.

  • 45. Musical Dictation 12 - Triplet Notes Dictation  

    Get a pen and paper ready to try 3 musical dictation exercises on triplet note clichés.

  • 46. Syncing Hand & Foot for Triplet Notes  

    In this lesson Seth will teach you how to sync your hands and feet to play triplet notes in time.

  • 47. Homework 9 – Triplets  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of the various triplet note clichés. 

  • 48. Progress Test 3  

    In this final progress test you will be tested on 16ths, tying 16th, dotted 8ths and triplet note clichés covered in 10 measures. You will first have to sing the measures with or without the rests (your choice) and then play the measures. 

Part 8 – Tying, Dotted, Triplets & Pitch Crash Course
  • 49. Tying, Dotted Notes, Triplets  

    In this lesson Seth covers some of the hardest rhythms to understand. He is going to mash up all the clichés by tying and dotting them into complex rhythms. Fret not because he will teach you the mathematics to count these rhythms.

  • 50. Homework 10 – Tying, Dotted notes, Triplets  

    Get ready to sing and play 10 exercises of the various triplet note clichés. 

  • 51. Pitch Crash Course 1  

    In this lesson Seth will break down to you how to understand pitch in music scores. He will make a clear illustration of the relationships between the treble and bass clef using a piano drawing and guitar. Explanation of the names of the notes, lines and spaces will be written clearly. 

  • 52. Pitch Crash Course 2  

    In this lesson Seth covers sharps and flats, how to go above the ledger lines and how to read and write a melody using quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes on the staff. He will teach you how to systematically breakdown a melody on a staff so that you understand how to sing and play it.  

  • 53. Final Exam  

    The final exam will cover 30 measures of notes and concepts explained over the course. First you will have to read or sing and then with your instrument you can play the exam. The notes covered include whole, half, quarter, eighth, triplet, sixteenth, tied, dotted notes and their rest equivalents. Good luck

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