Sight Reading 101

Rhythm Exercises, Part III

The following reading exercises are similar to the previous reading exercises, only this time they incorporate the tied rhythms you've studied in the last lesson. Again, 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.

Lesson Suggestions:

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 reading.

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 Map:

Introduction | 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 | Ties | Rhythm Exercises, Part III | Simple Melodies | Course Conclusion

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Copyright 1999 T.A. Vieira, Jr.