Want to play rhythms perfectly every time?
Teaching rhythm to kids is the most challenging thing every music teacher is confronted with, and the traditional counting system doesn’t make it any easier. There’s a complex notation system to learn to read and a counting system requires years to master. The best students will only be able to master enough to understand most of what they are asked to play in their lessons, but far from understand how it all works.
The result is kids don’t often play rhythms correctly and steady beat suffers greatly. Band and orchestra student do far better at maintaining a steady beat. They have to learn to play with a steady beat in order to play together in their school ensembles. Piano students struggle the most. They rarely play with other students, so playing to a steady best is often not considered a priority. Even in competition situations piano students prioritize correct notes over maintaining a steady beat and correct rhythms.
It doesn’t have to be hard.
Playing rhythms correctly and playing to a steady beat doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be relatively simple if you apply the counting method taught in the following video lesson.
Rhythm Made Easy – Play Better Instantly!
The rhythm counting system taught in this lesson assigns spoken phrases to simple note values. If kids say them as they are performing their piece, they are far more likely to to play the rhythms in their music correctly. It’s often a dramatic difference.
Quarter Notes – Say the letter name to drill note names as the student plays.
Half Notes – Say the two beat phrase “Half Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.
Dotted Half Notes – Say the three beat phrase “Dot-ted Half” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.
Whole Notes – Say the four beat phrase “Hold-That-Whole-Note” to drill the rhythm name and count the value.