Rhythm is the result of a pattern of sounds that follows a steady beat. While rhythm can be comprised of beats and/or notes – or more specifically, a series of different note lengths – the term rhythm is often synonymous with tempo.

See meter and time signature to get a better understanding of how rhythm is broken down.

Also Known As:

  • ritmo (It)
  • rythme (Fr)
  • Rhythmus (Ger)
Pronunciation: rih'-thum (th as in “than”)

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