A key aspect of the music and the melody is the rhythm. The rhythm department is often responsible for turning a tune more interesting or boring. Before we go to the basic theory of rhythms let's do some tricky exercies! We are going to get a clue what can be the tricky in rhythms.
- Now I'm Here: go to the monster riff and try to toe-tap along the beats!
- Bohemian Rhapsody: go to start of the the opera section and start counting the 1-2-3-4 beats aloud througout the whole opera section!
- Sleeping In The Sidewalk
- try to pick up the 1-2-3-4 beat of the intro
- Notice the hard to hear "1-2-3" count-in and try to continue:
1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1... If you do it right, the song will start on an "1" beat!
- c) For guitarists: try to learn the solo (or hum it rhythm-correctly) toe-tapping along the 1-2-3-4 beats.
- You And I - intro
- Try to pick up the 4/4 beat. Once the rhythm section (ie: bass and drums) enters you may hear that your timing is out of synchron.
- Now using the second half of the intro try to learn the correct timing!
- Now get back to the start of the song and try to pick up the beats! Have you succeded? For help: the very first note marks the downbeat.
- Save Me: try to hold the 4/4 beats throughout the second half of the verses.
- Bicycle Race: guitar fanfares at: try to count along the 3/4 beats!
- Don't STop Me Now: try to count along the 4/4 beats during the intro.
- Who Needs You: try to count along the 4/4 beats during the Verse.