Talking Straight Rhythms

 

Talking straight rhythms

by Taura Eruera

Straight rhythms--or duple rhythms--are those that are evenly divisible.

Duple rhythms are typical of most commercial styles, especially rock and pop styles.

They are typically presented in a hierachy as displayed here with their numerical names.

Fig 1:

Hierarchy of rhythms

Their subdivisible relationships are shown here.

Fig 2:

Hierarchy of rhythm subdivisions

Their talking names are shown here.

Fig 3:

hierarchy of rhythm talks

Talking Rhythm Note Names

You'll notice:

Whole note takes the "e" vowel as in de
Half note takes the "u" vowel as in du bu
Quarter note takes the "o" vowel as in do bo
Eighth note takes the "a" vowel as in da ba
Sixteenth note takes the "i" vowel as in di bi

Vowel Pronunciation Guide

You'll notice:

Whole note takes the "e" vowel as in [bed]
Half note takes the "u" vowel as in [blue]
Quarter note takes the "o" vowel as [go]
Eighth note takes the "a" vowel as in [path]
Sixteenth note takes the "i" vowel as [bit]

Duple Vocabularies

You will learn to talk three duple rhythm vocabularies.

  1. The Dobodobo's
  2. The Dabadaba's
  3. The Dibidibi's


You will learn them as separate vocabularies then you will learn them as combined vocabularies.

 

Click here to learn your first rhythm vocabulary