• notation of rhythm is based on using note shapes to indicate duration.
  • noteheads, stems, hooks, and beams are used to differentiate durations.
  • meter (time signature) is used to indicate repeating patterns of beats.
  • in hindsight, maybe it would have been better to base rhythmic notation on beat within measure.
  • in order to read rhythms effectively, we rely on pattern recognition.
  • most musicians are unaware of the extent to which these patterns make sight-reading possible.
  • learning about these patterns can make you a better reader.
  • learning about these patterns is also key to writing readable music.
  • there is far more to say about rhythm than what I will cover here.
  • getting really good at reading rhythms requires much practice.
  • still, I think most musicians - even relatively experienced ones - will learn something valuable here.