Block: Rhythmic Subdivisions

Rhythmic Subdivisions

Bass Lesson Block

Once you can play a steady pulse, the next step in your rhythmic development is to subdivide the beat. All other rhythms are derived from dividing the basic pulse of the music. In this lesson block I'll explain what it means to divide the beat, some common ways the beat is divided, and how to count it along with some exercises. We'll also look at a common rhythmic feel called shuffle.

Subdividing the Beat

Understanding how beats are divided.

How to Count Rhythms

Ways musicians count rhythms.

The Eighth Note Subdivision

Getting a handle on 8th notes and where they fall.

The Eighth Note Triplet Subdivision

Understanding the often misunderstood 8th note triplet rhythm.

Shuffle and Swing Rhythms

Understanding, notating, and playing shuffle and swing rhythms.

Block: Rhythmic Subdivisions