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Rhythm PT 2
Common Notation
• The way in which music is transcribed is
known as common notation.
– Common notation divides music into
segments known as measures or bars.
– These segments are divided with vertical lines
known as bar lines
Example of common notation
• The first beat of a measure in music .
• These beats are organized in a pattern of
beats know as a Time Signature.
Time Signature
• The top number indicates how many beats
are in a measure.
• The bottom number indicates the type of
number that will receive one beat.
Time Signature
• Understanding the bottom number.
– 4 = A Quarter note (a fourth)
– The quarter note will receive one beat
Common Time
• The most common note values are known
as common time.
• While music is made up of notes (pitches,
sounds), music can also employee
silences (rests).
• Any rhythm that puts and emphasis on a
beat or part of the beat that is not
– This is sometimes know as you off-beat or
between the beats
• Follow the following week for an excellent
example on guitar
• Can happen anywhere in a song
• Any weak note in a progression can be
accented through Syncopation.
• Syncopation can make any song sound
jaunty, jazzy, unsteady, surprising,
uncertain, and exciting