Read Rhythm

We all struggle to play songs and one of the root causes is usually rhythm. As Gershwin sort of said “If you haven’t got rhythm, you’ve got nothing”. This online course looks at syncopation, feeling the groove and being able to transcriber what you hear.



Rhythm is the pulse, drive, groove and feel of songs – it’s that one element that gets your foot tapping. An audience would instinctively know if you’ve got it! If you want to play along with others, or simply just improve your own playing, you need rhythm – it’s an essential skill to be able to read it and, as importantly, apply to the guitar.

This is the final level of our beginners series. TAB is great but it has limited rhythmic content! The overall aim is for to actually read rhythm in standard music notation and be able to say it out loud using some ‘pro tricks’ and then play what you read.


This lesson will cover the following:

  1. Tied rhythms, quaver triplets, staccato and accent markings will be explained.
  2. We will aim to sight read a selection 4 bar rhythmic passages in 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 and 12/8. These will include all the rhythmic elements discussed across levels 1, 2 and 3.
  3. Alongside reading we will begin trying to aurally identify one bar rhythmic patterns. Being able to do this not only helps with your sight-reading but also leads well into transcribing.
  4. Basic rhythmic transcription will be introduced. This will involve showing you how to hear a rhythm, play it and successfully write it down as rhythmic notation.


If you missed our previous levels?

We have prep materials for this lesson available in the form of our Get ready for Reading Rhythm Level 3 course. the usual PDF, audio tracks and videos cover levels 1 and 2: whole notes / semibreves, half notes / minims, quarter notes / crotchets, eighth notes / quavers and sixteenth notes / semiquavers. We also learnt
about their equivalent rest symbols, dotted rhythms and the following time signatures 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8.

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In addition, our home practice materials will include:

  1. Lesson PDF 7 pages
  2. 22 lesson audio examples
  3. 4 x identifying rhythm tests
  4. Levels 0 – 2 rhythmic transcription exercises. Six tests per level
  5. 2 pages of rhythmic exercises plus accompanying audio examples
  6. 3 pages with four song examples and accompanying videos


Course suitability
This course is for low intermediate acoustic/electric players. If you haven’t been on any of our earlier courses the best prep/revision materials are those for 0ur Get Ready for Read Rhythm 3 courses (these are available to purchase –  see buying options options below).


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Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

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