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Thread: How Do You Find the Term in a rhythmic of 5 note sequences?

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    dwest2419
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    How Do You Find the Term in a rhythmic of 5 note sequences?

    Correct me if I'm wrong on this one, but what is the order on these rhythmic sequences? I know it starts out with Quarter notes first. And correct me if Im wrong on this list in the order your suppose to learn them from easiest to hardest.

    1) Quarter Notes - 4 notes per measure
    2) Eight Notes - 8 notes per measure
    3) Eight Note Triplets - 3 note per beat sequence pattern a total of 12 notes per measure
    4) 16th Notes - 4 notes per beat sequence pattern a total of 16 notes per measure
    5) 20th notes??? - 5 notes per beat sequence pattern a total of 20 notes per measure
    6) 16th Notes Triplets - 6 notes per beat sequence pattern a total of 24 notes per measure
    7) 32nd notes - 8 notes per beat sequence pattern a total of 32 notes per measure

    How Do I Find the name of the 5th Term in an rhythmic Sequence?

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    I don't really know what you mean by "5th term in a rhythmic sequence" - where did you get it from?

    As for the rest, you need to consider time signatures too, alongside note values. IOW, what you're asking about is understanding how rhythm and metre (beat stress patterns and beat subdivisions) are notated.
    Time signature is how meter is notated, implying duple or triple beat divisions as well as number of beats in a measure. Note values are then how specific note durations are notated.

    I think an approximate order for learning (guided by a book series I use with beginner kids) would be as follows:

    1. Quarter notes, half notes and whole notes in 4/4 time
    2. Quarter notes in 3/4 and 2/4
    3. Dotted half-notes in 3/4 (whole measure)
    4. 8th notes in 4/4 (and then 3/4 and 2/4)
    5. Dotted quarters, combined with single 8ths (4/4, 3/4, 2/4)
    6. 8ths and dotted quarters in 6/8 time
    7. 16th notes (4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 6/8)
    8. Dotted 8th-and-16th (4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 6/8)
    9. 8th triplets (4/4, 2/4) (triplet feel in 2/4 is identical to 8ths in 6/8 time)
    10. Quarter-note triplets (4/4)
    12. 32nd notes.

    Irregular meters (5/4, 7/4, 5/8 etc) would come some way after all that. And irregular tuplets (like quintuplets, beats divided into 5) after that.

    Try these pages:
    On meter and time sig:
    http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory4.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_signature

    On note symbols:
    http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory2.htm
    http://www.musictheoryresources.com/.../fa_rhythm.htm

    Rhythm in general (notation of):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm

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