Chanting rhythm syllables while and clapping or tapping the rhythm is an easy and fun way to quickly learn rather complicated rhythm patterns.
In this lesson you will learn to use syllables that are such a great tool for practicing rhythms when learning music theory.
I will also show you how to combine the syllables for different rhythm patterns. You can print free PDF's with rhythm exercises to keep practicing on your own!
Since this is a beginners lesson we will only use simple time signatures, like 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4, where the quarter note is worth 1 beat.
There are different ways of sounding or chanting rhythms- this method is just one of many. If you choose to use “Ti”, “Ta” or whatever doesn't really matter.
But sounding the rhythms before clapping, tapping or playing, makes it a lot easier to perform even relatively complicated rhythm patterns.
This method is even easier than counting rhythm, since you will focus on the sound of the rhythm, rather than numbers.
By learning to read notes in groups or patterns you will also speed up your note reading skills.
Note values can be divided in two groups;
To learn this method of rhythm syllables as quickly as possible, work in this order:
Simply start with the syllable Ta and then emphasize an a for each additional beat, like this;
Whole note (4 beats)= Ta-a-a-a
Dotted half note (3 beats)= Ta-a-a
Half note (2 beats)= Ta-a
Quarter note (1 beat)= Ta
Practice on these examples. Keep the beat steady as you chant the syllables!
(The bold letters indicate where the beat is.)
Tip: Triplets have to be very evenly spaced on the beat; ti - ke - ti. Imagine saying Winnie-the (Pooh) without the Pooh.
For more help with rhythm and ear training, I recommend: