Sight Reading 101
Rhythm Exercises, Part I
These following reading exercises are to help you to learn how to read rhythms. All these exercises
only use one pitch throughout the entire exercise. That will help you focus on the rhythms for now,
and not worry about playing different notes.
There are 10 short exercises. Exercise #1 will start you off with a fairly simple lesson, and each
lesson will increase with difficulty. If you need, or want to hear what the lesson sounds like, each
exercise comes with a pro audio MIDI file.
All the note and rest values you see in the following exercises
will look like the ones that you studied in
the last lesson with a couple of exceptions. Eighth notes and sixteenth notes are often grouped
together within a measure; connected by lines across their stems.
Multiple eighth notes will be connected by one line (just as a single eight note has one "flag" or "Tail").
A Single Eighth Note
Multiple Eighth Notes
Multiple sixteenth notes will be connected by two lines (just as a single sixteenth note has two "flags" or "Tails").
A Single Sixteenth Note
Multiple Sixteenth Notes
Often, eighth and sixteenth notes are even grouped together within a measure. Here's how that could look:
In the above staff, the first note (with one connecting line) is an eighth note and the other two notes (with two connecting lines) are sixteenth notes.
First, go through all of the exercises without your guitar. Play the MIDI files and, at the same time,
clap the rhythms with your hands. This will help you completely focus on just reading the rhythms.
After you've done that go back through and play the exercises with your guitar.
Use a slow tempo when you first start going through these exercises, then you can gradually speed up as
your reading skill improves.
As you're playing through the reading exercises, try to glance ahead at the next bar so
you'll already know what's coming up before you get there. This will really help you work on your sight
Note: These reading exercises are specifically designed to use Crescendo to play the MIDI files that
accompany the exercises. If you don't have Crescendo yet, download it for free now!
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Course Directory |
The Staff |
Lines, Spaces and Ledger Lines |
Flash Cards I: Learning the Notes |
The Fret Board |
Reading Exercises On Each String |
Note and Rest Values |
Time Signatures |
Rhythm Exercises, Part I |
Triplets and Dotted Notes & Rests |
Rhythm Exercises, Part II |
Flash Cards II: Rhythm Values |
Rhythm Exercises, Part III |
Simple Melodies |
Glossary of Terms
Copyright 1999 T.A. Vieira, Jr.