Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Rhythm

Published: Jan 2, 2006 Updated: Jan 2, 2006

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The Ukulele - Reading Music Series uses the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System by Chuck Anderson for learning rhythm.

( from Chuck Anderson’s Modular Phonetic Rhythm - The Foundation book )

Modular Phonetic Rhythm is based on 23 fundamental rhythmic syllables. These rhythmic syllables vary in length from 1 note to 6 notes and from 1 beat to 2 beats. The system is divided into 4 levels based on the subdivision of the beat. Level I does not subdivide the beat. This is the level in which all notes are struck only on the downbeat. Level II divides the beat into 2 parts. Level III divides the beat into 3 parts. Level IV divides the beat into 4 parts. The levels do not express progressive difficulty, just progressive subdivisions of the beat.


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