(Note: This page uses European music terms. You may also view the page with American terms.)
In order to read, identify and transcribe rhythms, you need to become familiar with rhythm notation and rhythm patterns. This mainly involves indicating when a note happens and how long it lasts, and recognizing when you hear a common rhythm. Rhythm occurs within the framework of meter, which is simply a repetitive pattern of strong and weak beats. Here are some common examples of meter:
|Two-beat meter:||STRONG - weak|
|Three-beat meter:||STRONG - weak - weak|
|Four-beat meter:||STRONG - weak - weak - weak|
Rhythm Puzzles will strengthen your recognition of rhythm notation, and will train your ear to match the rhythms you hear with their associated notation. It will also help you to become familiar with the common rhythm patterns that combine to make longer rhythms.