What is Rhythm?

Rhythm is the source of music.

Rhythm is movement through space and time.

Rhythm is the most fundamental means of communicating with music.

When you play with good rhythm, people will respond to your music.

This is because rhythms in music derive from the movement of the human body as it engages in:

  1. Walking
  2. Running
  3. Skipping
  4. Swaying
  5. ... and Dancing, which combines all these movements.

Dancers interpret rhythm in music back to physical movements.

Rhythms in music are based on bodily movement.

The crotchet generally represents steps in a steady walk:
Walking equals crotchets

Quavers represent running - on the tiptoes and necessarily lighter than crotchets:
Quavers represent running - on the tiptoes and necessarily lighter than crotchets.

Skipping, on the other hand is represented by a dotted rhythm:
Skipping - dotted rhythms

Skipping is a basic rhythm in music, represented by dotted notes.

SKIP through a scale. Can people skip to your dotted notes? Try it out with some children.