Part of a 12-part course on reading rhythm.
We covered how to count offbeats in part 5. What about “off-offbeats” (not a technical term), i.e. 1⁄4-beat notes that fall halfway between a beat and an offbeat? They require a different technique. Let’s work through a few examples:
So, count 1⁄4-note beats by counting “1, 2, 3, 4”, and don’t confuse them with beats. In time you’ll be able to play 1⁄4-beat rhythms without counting, just as with beats.
Next, we’ll deal with a particular use of 1⁄4-beat notes called “dotted rhythms”.