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7 rhythm exercises to improve your timing  

Team Soundbrenner, in Music lessons
Aug 18, 2023 | 3 min read

Ever found yourself a tad off-beat or wished your rhythm was as tight as a perfectly tuned drum? Well, good news: you’re in the right spot. With rhythm exercises, you can groove like never before. And trust us, your audience will thank you.

1. Metronome magic

Woman practicing rhythm with a metronome

Tools Needed: Metronome (Pro tip: Check out Soundbrenner’s smart wearable metronome)

Instructions: Start at a slow BPM. Play a simple scale or riff. Gradually increase the BPM, making sure to stay on time.

“Tick-tock”, said the metronome. “Your timing’s getting rock solid”, said everyone else.

2. Tap it out

Tools Needed: Your hands (and a surface. Don’t tap your friend’s head.)

Instructions: Listen to your favourite song. Tap the rhythm out on a table. Try with both hands to get polyrhythms going!

“If your friend complains about the table tapping, just tell them it’s an avant-garde drum solo.”

3. Rhythmic reading

book placed on a sheet with a phone and headphones

Tools Needed: A book or newspaper

Instructions: Read out loud, emphasizing the rhythm of the words. It’s poetry slam but for everyone!

“Who knew Shakespeare could improve your drumming? All that iambic pentameter!”

4. Dance break!

Tools Needed: Your body & some music

Instructions: Dance! Feel the rhythm in your body. If you can move to it, you can play to it.

“Remember: Dance like no one’s watching. Play like everyone’s listening.”

5. The classic clap back

Clapping and counting instructions for rhythm exercises

Source: Flypaper

Tools Needed: Hands

Instructions: Put on a song. Clap back its rhythm. Challenge yourself with complex tunes.

“Hand’s up if you’re ready for a challenge! (See what I did there?)”

6. Group groove

Tools Needed: A group of friends

Instructions: Create a rhythm circle. One starts a beat. The next person adds on. Build a complex, intertwined rhythm.

“It’s like a potluck, but with rhythm exercises. Bring a beat to share!”

7. Subdivide and conquer

Man  playing guitar with the help of Soundbrenner metronome Pulse

Tools Needed: Metronome (Have you tried Soundbrenner’s Pulse yet?)

Instructions: Pick a BPM. Play notes on every beat, then every half-beat, quarter-beat, and so on.

“It’s math, but the fun kind. Like splitting a pizza!”

Why are rhythm exercises so crucial?

Because timing is EVERYTHING in music. Imagine a cake baked for too short a time. Mushy, right? Rhythm exercises are the baking timer of music. They ensure you’re neither too early nor too late, but just right.

Plus, as we at Soundbrenner always say: “With great rhythm, comes great responsibility.” Or something like that. 

In conclusion

Rhythm exercises are the secret sauce, the hidden gem, the magic potion for any musician looking to elevate their game. So whether you’re a beginner or a Beethoven-in-the-making, there’s always room for rhythm.

Happy practising, and may the beat be ever in your favour!

Thanks for reading our article on 7 rhythm exercises to improve your timing! We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

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