Common Rhythm Mistakes Piano Players Always Make


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28 thoughts on “Common Rhythm Mistakes Piano Players Always Make”

  1. DBFAN says:

    I have a question can you answer please

  2. Piano Lessons On The Web says:

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  3. Ahmad Reza Haj Saeedi says:

    On 4and you should've have played D in the first example. Just a nitpick:)

  4. scuffed bach says:

    My piano teacher always tells me to count out loud or even use a metronome, but it's so difficult to focus on so many things at once lol

  5. colddust21 says:

    This channel needs more views

  6. Max I. says:

    Is it helpful to always write 1 e + a 2 etc. And not 1 + a when dealing with 16th notes? Because in the video you skip the e when playing the 'difficult rhythm'

  7. Myles crumel says:

    Thanks so much, just starting to get into sheet music I played piano without knowing sheet music for years and these video really help sharpen my skills…. Chours and all that good stuff

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  9. Anttjuan Reid says:

    I remember having to learn this from scratch. Once I did, it became so much fun sight reading pieces I've never played before. And yes I have to count out loud every time lol.

  10. Art Houston says:

    When I first started looking at music on paper, I found that counting did not help me much. Instead, I developed a feel for rhythm in my head when I looked at the notations. At first, I would get sheet music for pop songs (the British invasion era) and watch the notes as I listened on a record player. Yes…I AM that old.When I started singing with a choir, this was quickly reinforced. I could not count and sing words at the same time, anyway. Because the voice is your body's natural instrument, I highly recommend joining a choir that uses sheet music to acquaint yourself with how rhythm and notations are related, and let the experience help to integrate them in your mind so they become second nature. Some composers like odd time signatures, and being a a group with a director will be a life ring in those deeper waters. Good luck to you all! It's fun.

  11. Impromptu says:

    The example at 3:58 is badly written. In time signatures like 4/4 2/4 6/8, we use a concept known as the invisible half-bar line and tie notes across the halfway point when necessary. If you do that here it's much easier to see that this example is essentially the same rhythm repeated. The only common exceptions to this principle are the Latin clave rhythms. You'll find all proper scores use this principle, but even if someone puts something like this example in front of you, you can mentally apply it to aid reading.
    The other thing you can do is learn to recognise permutations of two-beat rhythms at a glance. Half-whole-half, half-half-whole, etc, plus variations with rests. It's like learning to read larger chunks of language rather than spelling out words a letter at a time. Combine this approach with the invisible half-bar line and it'll really help.

  12. Tyrone Crawford says:

    Very helpful

  13. BazzTriton says:

    There is a D in the score. Why you play a E?

  14. Susanna Chang says:

    Thanks! Your videos are so useful!

  15. Sheryl Mylan says:

    I can count and keep rhythm for either the treble clef or the bass clef, but not both when they have different rhythms. Any suggestions for doing this?

  16. Nathan W says:

    6:50 you played an A♮, but you were meant to play Ab, as it is written in c-minor.

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  18. dauntie kay says:

    Great Piano Lesson!!!

  19. HFD OukH says:

    Hi, Why don't just use 1 e & a. like your previous lesson. What you think about StaffPad vs Notion6. I'm looking handwriting, sound, and easy to use. And thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  20. amjPeace says:

    Great tips! Thanks~

  21. Brian P. says:

    What software are you using to draw staff and notes, etc. Finale? I seriously need to get something so I can layout some stuff I’m starting to write, or even just transposing on paper. I’m pretty good at sight reading, but need to work at transposing stuff I already know into other keys. Your channel is great, keep up the great work, Tim!

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  23. Bhawna Katyal says:

    Nice explanation 👍🏻

  24. Jace Henderson says:

    I found myself using a metronome lately. Had to use my phone because despite my efforts doing research and looking in my pianos manual, whatever it’s saying to do to change tempo is absolutely not working. It’s set at default at 120 bpm which was too fast for me to count and play at the same time without messing up and all it winds up doing is changing metronome volume or the time signature and sometime nothing rather than the actual tempo. It’s an Alesis recital but my phone works just fine. I’ve been feeling a strong desire or need to be getting better in counting especially so I can get the rhythms just right. Another thing would be playing without the pedal because I use it all the time to keep notes playing because with the pedal you can kinda forget about the hold durations of the notes and only focus on the durations between the notes in the melody and I feel like I should get better at holding those notes myself rather than with the pedal.

  25. Steven Rawson says:

    Dude! You’re teaching style is excellent!

  26. Anthony Crook says:

    but it's e ee d

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  28. Karen Loader says:

    Hi, Tim I really liked the way you hummed over the 16th notes, because as we advance into three and four (Bass, Tenor, Alto and Soprano) parts for me it has been impossible with the addition of 32nd and 64th notes (especially 32nd and 64th grace notes and triplets and sixths and appogiaturas), I never know if these rhythms are correct. Also I physically do not have enough breath to count every single 32nd and 64th notes in tricky arrangements and tricky time signatures like 2/2, 5/4, 9/8 and 12/8, what happens if there is a piece in 16/8 time?
    Sure appreciate your youtube videos – thank you:)

    A video on this would be highly appreciated. Also I noticed the difference between how I count 1e+a… compared to your counting in the Allagreto (sorry spelling is wrong) Fugue by humming and yours sounded almost like there was this charming lilt that provided this alluring swing that I can not produce by just counting 1e+a… and I am going to get on the piano and play it along with you and then apply it to a piece in my Bach Fugue book that I have yet to play even a single note from this text and see if I too can copy you (if that is okay. How do you hum through 32nd and 64th notes correctly?

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