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Reading rhythm, part 7: counting 14-beats

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. 14-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 14-note beats by counting “1, 2, 3, 4”, and don’t confuse them with beats. In time you’ll be able to play 14-beat rhythms without counting, just as with beats.

Next, we’ll deal with a particular use of 14-beat notes called “dotted rhythms”.