What’s The Difference Between a Rhythm And A Beat? by Steve Benedetto




Do you know the difference between a rhythm and a beat?

Don’t feel bad if you don't.  As simple as it should seem, the truth is that not everyone does know the difference.

All music across the globe and in different cultures might label their songs differently, but one thing that remains the same is a beat and a rhythm which are the foundation for all music.

A beat is best described as the pace, tempo or the timing that it takes to play a particular piece of music. Think of the metronome on the piano going back and forth.  It’s considered the foundation of rhythm and is the repeating and ongoing pulse in all music. When you tap your foot to a particular song, you do so at a steady pace -you’re tapping  the beat!  (children
 learn about beats very young by clapping their hand to nursery rhymes.)

Think of the beat as the music’s skeleton.

Rhythm can be thought of as how you inhabit the beat. It’s what happens when you combine different notes of different durations.  Many times, people confuse the two because the beat is also part of the rhythm - what separates the two is that rhythm is a series of notes in a musical piece - a pattern.  When rhythm is combined with pitch, a melody is created.  It's is also created when a piece’s notes are emphasized more than others which is called accenting.  


In essence, a music piece’s beat is its unchanging tempo, while the rhythm is a pattern in which a piece’s notes flow.


What’s The Difference Between a Rhythm And A Beat? by Steve Benedetto What’s The Difference Between a Rhythm And A Beat? by Steve Benedetto Reviewed by Respectful Beats™ on Saturday, September 10, 2016 Rating: 5

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