Syn-CO-Pa

Grade 3 is learning how to spice up music with syncopated rhythms.

First we had to learn that eighth notes (Ta-Di) can be beamed together or separated and each have a flag. That means these two rhythms are performed the same way:

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As are these:

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…And these:

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Next, I asked, “What if I put a quarter note (Ta) in between two of those flagged eigth notes?”

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 15.02.51 Syncopated rhythms are exactly this, so we say, “Syn-CO-Pa”, holding the CO longer than the Syn and Pa. It’s like a sandwich: Bread, tomato-turkey-may0-lettuce, bread. Short, LONG, short.

Here are some other Syn-CO-Pa rhythms to practice:

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Students, try this form for practice:

A Section: Sing “Three Little Monkeys”
B Section: Choose two pictures above to create an 8-beat pattern. Say it twice in a row (B Section).

Repeat. Mix and match your rhythm pictures as much as possible.

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