AQA Music GCSE- AoS1- Rhythm and Metre

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Rhythm and Metre

What we will need to recognise in the Exam:

  • pulse
  • simple and compound time
  • regular, irregular, and free rhythms
  • augmentation, diminution, hemiola and cross-rhythm
  • tempo, rubato
  • drum fills

Pulse and Time signatures:

  • Pulse is the beat of the music (what you tap your feet to)
  • Pulse is steady
  • There are two different types of time signature: simple and compound time
  • In simple time each beat is divided into two equal parts
  • Examples of simple time: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4
  • In compound time each beat is divided into three equal parts
  • Examples of compound time: 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
  • A feature of compound time signatures is dotted notes.
  • A dotted note adds half as much again to the length of the note

Regular and Irregular ryhthms

  • Irregular rhythm can be classified as music with irregular meter such as 5/4
  • Regular rhythm are songs with meter such as 2/4, 3/4, 4/4.
  • In music, regular rhythm has long notes coinciding with strong beats and shorter notes coinciding with weaker beats.
  • Irregular rhythm has long notes coinciding with weak beats and short notes coinciding with…




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