How to learn Rhythm?

December 5, 2014

Everyone has rhythm, you just have to feel it


Do you sit back and watch with envy as your friends enjoy music and dancing because you feel sure that you don’t have rhythm? Understanding rhythm is simple, read our blog on rhythm to learn more about it, but having it doesn’t seem quite so easy.  The fact is that there is no need to avoid a good party, you can learn rhythm and become a dancing dream.


Rhythm is in all kinds of places

Some people seem to have rhythm ingrained in them but for many it has to be learnt. It just takes a bit of time and patience. Rhythm is all around and inside of us. Think about your heart beat or the rhythm of walking. And what about the sound of rain drops?

“As animals mature, there are changes in the rhythmic motor patterns they express. For instance, tadpoles swim, but frogs hop; chicks hatch, but then walk; humans crawl, then walk, then run. Furthermore, humans can easily learn novel rhythmic motor patterns (e.g. swimming strokes, dances) that, once learned, seem as ‘automatic’ and ingrained as do clearly CPG-driven motor patterns such as walking.”[1]


Dance like nobody is watching

When we feel like everyone is watching it’s human nature to become shy and fearful of our peers seeing us making a fool of ourselves. This fear prevents many people from trying to learn rhythm and dance but if you don’t try you’ll never learn.


Try a Metronome

A metronome is a great tool for teaching rhythm as it marks time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick.


Learn Music

Learning to read music and play an instrument also helps because you can see the rhythm on the page and feel it in the music as you play.


Finding the right fit

Finding the right mentor to teach you rhythm is also a big help. You might find that you respond better to different teacher’s methods. You can also ask someone who has rhythm to spend some time with you to share their skills.


Learning rhythm one step at a time

Try starting off with simple rhythm and then work your way up. Learning rhythm and dance at the same time can be a sensory overload. Take it slowly by starting with the basics and then moving onto more complex rhythms and dancing techniques.

[1] http://crab-lab.zool.ohiou.edu/hooper/cpg.pdf

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