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- Dec 12th, 2011
In this 3rd tutorial in our series on Music Theory, Master Arranger and Composer Gregg Fine explores the nature of Rhythm and why it’s the driving force in music and composition...
Rhythm is at the very essence of being. Our hearts beat. We walk and run in time. The sun rises and sets. The tides ebb and flow. It’s no wonder that rhythm is at the heart of our music, too. In this tutorial Gregg Fine examines rhythm and shows us the theory behind constructing solid beats and how rhythm is used in different musical genres.
Rhythm is made up of many different components. In this tutorial you’ll learn about the foundation of beats. You’ll see how rhythm is broken down into its essential components: Tempo, Measure, Note Values and Rests. You’ll learn all about Time Signatures and how they influence the pattern of strong and weak beats in a musical phrase.
Gregg then starts moving the beat around: In this section he explains how musical rhythms are interpreted by creating Shuffle and Swing. You’ll discover the power of syncopation and how it helps create musical interest and adds unexpected excitement to a tune. There’s even a cool video that demonstrates playing behind the beat and how it affects the feel of a performance.
Finally Gregg takes you through 5 different musical styles, beat by beat, and explains the importance of rhythm in their construction.
If you enjoy this tutorial be sure to check out Gregg’s other outstanding Music Theory tutorials on Melody, Harmony and Song Form.
- Music Theory 101: Melody
- Music Theory 102: Harmony
- Music Theory 103: Rhythm
- Music Theory 104: Song Form
- Music Theory 105: Basslines
- Music Theory 106: Building Chord Progressions
- Music Theory 107: Reading Music
- Music Theory 108: Notating Music
- Music Theory 201: Jazz Theory Explored
- Music Theory 202: Jazz Improvisation Techniques
- Music Theory 301: Jordan Rudess: Harmony Explored
- Music Theory 302: Jordan Rudess: Rhythm Explored
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First I thought I wouldn't need this course, but it still had a lot of useful information for me. It's very nice to watch the whole series. It made me make better music no doubt.
Excellent, excellent course. Rhythms are the foundation of the music I produce (electronic) and this course reinforced things I knew and highlighted things I didn't know or fully understand. An essential for all electronic music producers just starting out or those who are looking for some inspiration. 10/10
Thank You. Short, clear explanation, to the point with musical leading form. Simple but Effective.
This course on rhythm got better and better as it moved on to lessons describing genres and intermediate rhythmic concepts. There is a lot that could be put into this tutorial, but given the length, it has still been a valuable tool for me.
Good, straightforward, musical rhythm theory. Particularly useful for producers/arrangers/composers who are not drummers.
Nice course giving the basics of Rhythm and some style examples. Easy to follow.
Scientific expanatios. Excellent. Thank you very much......................
Brilliant stuff. Pieced together in a way that is perfectly easy to understand. Thanks!
Fantastic course. I'm pretty familiar with rhythm; but this course made very apparent, quite a few things I was doing; and I'm now able to apply my knowledge of rhythm into my compositions, rather than just free-styling. This course has been of tremendous help.
Great course that goes over many of the basics of rhythm! Also compares/contrasts the different styles of music and how they relate to each other with rhythm.
a really great introduction to some interesting rhythms, you get a close enough look to decide how you might use them yourself. Great!
Great for anyone that needs a recap on their rhythm theory. Great tutorial.
Really Nice course was easy to understand all of the concepts, I learned a little bit
Programming drums has always been my weak point, but this course broke down some concepts on rhythm that I've never realised before and will put my songs in much higher level.
Great tutorial again. This course is very, very well made. And even though made very simple and basic, it is so good and focuses on what is really important.
Good for beginners, simple and quick, would love to see more in depth Theory videos on macprovideo!
Started out a bit slow at first but definitely picked up towards the end there. I really enjoyed how the tutorial broke down the different rhythmic patterns used for different genres!
Excellent tutorial on rhythm! I have no problem watching these more than once. Highly recommended!
An interesting course on rhythm, starting right from the basics and ending with a look at various different genres of music.
This course is a solid treatment of rhythm basics and could easily serve introduction to a rhythm series. Most lesson topics would serve as an appropriate theme for additional lessons. More please!
Good course, was looking for a more 'classic' rhythm course however, more minims and semibreves as opposed to 8th and quarter notes as it is taught here. Good refresh though
Very foundational course. The tutorials about the pocket were awesome, as well as the style breakdowns.
This video is very good, I loved the examples and the analyses of the styles, thanks! I recommend this
This series is PHENOMENAL!! I really dig the listening examples Greg presents! Seems the series is getting better and better!! Can't wait to finish the next two.. Good gig MacPro!
A nice little introduction to "Rhythm" and what the word actually means! Love the real music examples to assist in learning.
I have studied music for years, but have only had a fuzzy idea about how theses rhythms worked. but these videos made it easy to grasp the concepts. this was a weak spot in my learning, but now I feel confident I can write in some of the contemporary styles.
Great video to watch. Useful material for beginners & refresher for experienced musicians Highly Recommended
Yet another Great easy to follow Tutorial on music thanks Gregg. Keep em coming.