Rhythm: the foundation of art and music

In each Paint a Masterwork class I talk about music, and the musical foundations of all the great paintings by Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh.

According to the information I've gathered from the student registration forms 49% of you have learned a musical instrument.

49% ! That really surprised me. It's much higher than I expected. (In the UK it's about 74%).

Hardly anybody seems to remember even the most basic concepts of music theory, which I did predict. Which is a shame, because most of you would know the difference between a noun, a verb and an adjective. Knowing the basic grammar opens so many doors to your appreciation of language, whether it's verbal, musical or artistic language.

So, in lieu of everybody enrolling in music literacy courses, check out this very entertaining video by English composer Howard Goodall. It will introduce you to the foundation of all good music and art... rhythm!

Technical terms explained in this video:

  • Pulse
  • Tempo
  • Accent
  • Syncopation
  • Cross Rhythms.