Music Theory Education


16. Writing Four Bar Rhythm

writing four bar rhythm

Grade 2. lesson 16 Writing four bar Rhythm

Writing a four bar Rhythm


Much can be said about Writing a Four Bar Rhythm. In grade 2 you will be given notes for the first bar, you will be asked to compose three more bars, this is you Writing a Four Bar Rhythm.

In grade 1. you were given two bars, which we referred to as the question, not too bad because we only had to write the answer section, in other words we wrote two bars of rhythm.

This time it will be a little more complicated, you will need to complete the question part which is already started for you, before you write the answer phrase, making a Four bar Rhythm.

Writing a Four Bar Rhythm is easy once you know a few simple rules to follow. In our lesson 16 of the Music Theory Lessons Book we have started with a few notes in bar one, given diagram examples of how to complete the first section by adding notes to bar two.

The following diagrams show you what's good and what's not, until we come to a completed four bars.
So we have our Writing a Four Bar Rhythm completed.


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When Writing a Four Bar Rhythm, the notes which you were given may contain triplets or dotted notes. Do make sure you fully understand these kinds of notation. I have used both kinds of these notes, given in the example used in lesson 16. for Writing a Four Bar Rhythm.


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