Music Theory Education


8. Writing a four-bar Rhythm

8. Writing a four-bar Rhythm

Grade 4. lesson 8 writing a four-bar rhythm

Writing Rhythm from a Given Opening


In this section of the examination, you will be given a choice; You can either complete a four bar rhythm where you have been given the opening.
Or you can choose to write a complete rhythm to fit two lines of poetry, the words will be provided.

Because these two selections are so different, I have set the information out in two separate lessons. In this lesson we will be looking at 'writing a four bar rhythm'
If you have worked well with these previous four bar rhythms given in grades two and three, you are already part way there for this question. However, it will most probably include some of the new time signatures, plus new items like double dotted notes, expect triplets or duplets.

It will be helpful if you think of the rhythm as four phrases. Each phrase will need to be exactly the same length, so count your beats carefully.

As usual I have given example and set one to work through together, It begins from page 25 of the Music Theory Lessons Grade Four Book. It's in 9/8 time and we are using a duplet in our rhythm.


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