• Michelle Ostrove


Rhythm is the most essential element in a song. You can mix together any sounds you want, but without a rhythmic backbone to the sound there is no music.

A rhythmic musical instrument is used to provide a strong beat to a piece of music. The bass guitarist (John Entwistle) in “The Who” would play bass guitar as a lead guitar, which gave the band a unique and different sound.

There are 5 types of Rhythmic Patterns in music and they are:

1. Random Rhythm is created when groups of similar patterns repeat with no regular pattern (like Jazz).

2. Regular Rhythm is a regular pattern played throughout the song.

3. Alternating Rhythm is two or more rhythm patterns alternating in the song.

4. Flowing Rhythm is the flow of a natural pattern of beats being played throughout the song.

5. Progressive Rhythm is a rhythm pattern that gradually increases (builds) or decreases and that gives you a sense of direction in the rhythm pattern.

Rhythmic Instruments include: drums, claves (sticks & blocks), shakers (castanets & rattles), percussion sets (bells, triangles, mallet, ect.), tambourines & cymbals, and electronic percussions.


What do you call a drummer in a three-piece suit? "The Defendant"

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