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A Basic Introduction to Rhythm

Part 4: Meter

Music is often grouped into repeating patterns of the beat. Those repeating patterns are called meter.

The most common meters are duple meter, which has groups of two beats; triple meter, which has groups of three beats; and quadruple meter, which has groups of four beats.

The music in each example below is very simple and very similar, but each one is in a different meter. Count the beats while listening to each example. For the duple meter example, count “one - two.” For the triple meter example, count “one - two - three.” For the quadruple meter example, count “one - two - three - four.” RhythmBot will count along with you.

Our next lesson will cover time signatures and note values.

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