Rhythm Cells and Rhythm Patterns in 6/8

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Review

Take a moment to review macrobeats and microbeats in triple meter.

Syllable Review

Say the following to yourself:


“Macrobeats in triple meter are DU DU DU DU.”
“Microbeats in triple meter are DU DA DI, DU DA DI, DU DA DI, DU DA DI.”

Reading Macrobeats and Microbeats in 6/8

The time signature 6/8 tells us that the macrobeats (DU) will be represented by a dotted quarter note, and that microbeats (DU DA DI) will be represented by three paired eighth notes.

Macro micros in 6 8 - Rhythm Cells and Rhythm Patterns in 6/8

Rhythm Cells

Let’s look at the possible combinations of macrobeats and microbeats in triple meter. There are only four possible combinations. Chant each of these rhythm cells several times.

Macro micro Rhythm cells in 6 8 - Rhythm Cells and Rhythm Patterns in 6/8

Reading Familiar Patterns

Just as we did in duple meter, we will combine these rhythm cells into four-macrobeat rhythm patterns. These eight rhythm patterns will be part of your musical vocabulary. Read them with rhythm syllables in their familiar and unfamiliar order. 

Familiar macro micro patterns in 6 8 - Rhythm Cells and Rhythm Patterns in 6/8

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