Mat discusses the pulse, or heartbeat of the music, measured in beats per minute. Speed can be quickened or slowed, but still relate to the “mother pulse”. Different rhythmic elements have their own names, eg crochets, quavers and semi-quavers. These can be made to make sense when organised into bars, which are the structure for rhythmic patterns.
The final part of the series – which looks at the numbers and templates that provide the basis for strong and stable music writing.
In part 4, Mat discusses how time signatures are created using fractions.
In part 2, we explore the numbers of music a bit further.