Jason Wilford is the founder and owner of Pro Guitar Studio, which offers Guitar Lessons in Oakville (Ontario, Canada).
Now that we have learned 5 basic note values (whole, half, quarter, eighths, sixteenths), this lesson will go over how to combine them in different ways. Rarely does music have the same note value all the way through a measure, so learning how to divide a beat up with different rhythms is an important skill to have.
Below I have created 14 examples for you to see (and hear) how the measure is broken up. The focus of this lesson is on understanding how each example sounds in relation to the notation, as I think the easiest way to learn this is to dive right in! These examples will all be pretty straightforward with no ties or rests etc. It can definitely be confusing to understand if this is totally new to you, so try your best and don't get frustrated if you don't get it yet! This will all come in time. If you want to play along, just use your open B string (2nd string).
How did that go for you? Were there any particular note divisions you had trouble with? Make a note of which examples were hard for you, and keep going over them until you fully understand how they work. In the next lesson we will start adding in some new concepts, such as rests, ties, and triplets. Until then, keep practicing and don't get discouraged if any of the examples were hard for you, because with patience and dilligence you will understand the ins and outs of rhythmic notation:)
About the Author:
Jason Wilford is a professional guitarist based out of Mississauga, ON. He teaches Guitar Lessons in Mississauga where he trains guitarists of all skills levels to become great rock and blues players.