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RHYTHM IN MUSIC
AND
STRUM PATTERNS
In music different shapes of notes are used to
show different lengths of time.
Each shape has one thing in common - they all
mean to make a sound. So you have to strum
each time you see a note. Each different shape
will ring for a different length of time though.
Some will ring for a long time while others will ring
for a short time.
The different parts that can be used to make the
shape of a note are the –

  
The time signature tells us how many counts or
beats are in each bar of music. The time
signature is shown at the beginning of a song or
exercise.
The most common time signature is 4/4 which
means there are 4 counts or beats in each
bar. 3/4 has 3 counts or beats in each bar.
Head
- the round part which can be left uncoloured or coloured.
(Can also be a “slash” shape which is used for guitar rhythms. Our examples will use
a mixture of normal head and slash head shapes.)
Stem
- the stick part.
Tail
- the squiqqly bit that can go on the end of stems.
Beam
- tails can be joined to form a beam.
It doesn’t matter whether the stem is facing up or down - the note still has the same value.
Quite often it is just a matter of what looks good.
Stem
Head
Tail
Beam