Rhythmic Possibilities: Groups of 5/Quintuplets

The diagram shows all the possible rhythms within one beat using groups of 5.

The noteheads are meant to be played/clapped, and the sticks without heads are supposed to be felt.

Practise each rhythm individually until you feel like you’ve got it nailed.

If you’re up for a challenge, practise them with the metronome click on the second, third, fourth or fifth quintuplet. That’s a great way to work on making your time stronger, and your rhythmic placement very accurate.

Another exercise that’s good for sight-reading/rhythm/concentration practice is to randomly skip through the rhythms in time.

At first, try doing four of one rhythm (that’ll be a bar of 4/4) before randomly skipping to another box, do four more.

Work it up so you can randomly skip around but doing one box per beat.

Over & out

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