(OLD VERSION) Counting the Beat – Hoffman Academy



Hello, and welcome back. I'm Joseph Hoffman. Today we're going to be learning a more advanced
style of counting rhythms. We've already been using TA and TI-TI, but I'm going to teach you the way that adult
professional musicians use, which is a way of counting the beat. Let's come on down to the floor, and check
it out. Here we've got our good old heartbeat mat. I'm going to sing a familiar song, and tell
me what you notice about this song. Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! Chocolate I have some! Did you notice a note that lasted for all
four beats in a row? On Yum! For that we'll need a new kind of note. You'll notice it just is an empty circle,
kind of in the shape of a hole. It's actually called a whole note, but not
because it looks like a hole, but because it takes up the whole group of
four beats. When we see this note, we can say "four" because it takes up four beats. How many sounds did you hear in each of these
beats? Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum! If you said one sound in every beat, you are
correct. So we use quarter notes. Now let's say the rhythm of "Chocolate" together
using TA for the quarter notes, and we'll say four for the whole note. Ready one, two, here we go. TA TA TA TA four. Good. The second part of the song uses the
same rhythm, so let's try that too. Ready go. TA TA TA TA four. We have one note that lasts very long. It
takes up four beats. Now for the advanced style of counting. We'll
do something different. "Chocolate" has a four four time signature. Remember a time signature tells you how many
beats will be in every measure. The measure is just the space between two
barlines. The top number tells us that we are going
to have four beats in every measure. So these four beats will be one measure. I'll put a barline before and after that measure. This barline at the end of this row is really
the same barline as the one that will begin this next measure. Now, within a measure, the first beat we'll
always call beat one, and then we'll just simply count up from there. One, two, three, four. When we get to the end of the measure, the
new measure will begin with one again. So will you practice counting with me and
point to each beat? Here we go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. You recall that after the barline is always
a strong beat, so when we say one, we'll say it a little
bit stronger than all the other beats. Let's try it one more time. Remember to say
one a little bit extra strong. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Good job. Now, I'll put the rhythms back on, and when we're counting rhythms this more
advanced way, I call it counting the beat, and clapping
the rhythm. So our hands will clap the rhythm that you
see, but our mouth will always be saying and counting
the beat out loud, like this. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. So I said all four beats out loud, but I just
clapped one time for that whole note. Now try it with me. Count the beat out loud,
and clap the rhythm. Ready go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Great job. Let's try another song that you
know. Here's another song that you know. Can you tell me what the time signature is
this time? Point to the time signature. If you're pointing right here, you're correct. The time signature always comes at the start
of the song. And the time signature this time is three
four, which tells us we'll have three quarter note
beats in every measure. So, what number will we be counting this time? We should be counting up to three. So you'll notice in every measure we have
three beats. Now I took the heartbeat mats away. In music the beats are usually invisible. You'll just have to imagine them there, but
the beat always is there underneath the rhythm. Now, I'll do it once, then you can try it
with me. We're going to count the beat this time, this
time going up to the number three, for three beats in every measure. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Can you guess what song this is? If you said "Listen for Bells", you are right. Now, try clapping with me, and we will count
the beat and clap the rhythm. Ready go. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Great job. Let's try another song. Here's another song that you've learned before. What's the time signature this time? If you said four four, you're correct. We will have four quarter note beats in every
measure. Now, I'll clap the rhythm and count out loud,
then you can try it with me next time. One, two, three four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. What song is this? If you said "Silver Birch Tree", you are correct. Now, can you clap the rhythm with me and count
the beat? Ready go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Very good. Let's try it one more time for
the next line of music. Ready go. One, two, three four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Now the next line in "Silver Birch Tree" has
a different rhythm. Now we have a dotted half note. Can you tell me how many beats a dotted half
note gets? If you said three beats, you are correct. So for this one we'll say one, two, three,
and then what beat does this quarter note get? We've already used up three beats, so it gets
beat number four. Then there's a barline, and we start over
again at beat one. I'll try this rhythm once, then you can try
it with me. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Now will you try it with me? Ready go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One more time, ready go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Great job. Make sure that you're always counting
the beat out loud. Now just for fun, let's try a rhythm that's
not from a song you know. It'll be some new rhythm that I'm just going
to make up. Okay, this is simply a song that I made up
myself. It's a rhythm I composed. Let's try to clap the rhythm and count the
beat. We'll try it twice. The first time you can
just listen to me if you'd like, and then we'll try it together the second
time. First we should check our time signature.
What is it? It's four four again. So how many beats will
we count in every measure? If you said four, you are correct. Here we go, we'll start on beat one. One, two, ready, go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Good, now let's try it together. One, two, ready, go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Great job. Now let's try one more. Here's another rhythm. Before we try it, can you point to a note
that gets three beats? If you're pointing here, you're right. A dotted half note gets three beats. Okay, and what's our time signature this time? If you said four four, you're correct. So we'll count four beats in every measure,
starting with beat one right here on this half note. Let's try it. One, two, ready, go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Let's try it again. Ready go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Great job. We'll try one last rhythm. Here's my new rhythm. What's my time signature
this time? If you said three four, you are correct. I threw in a new rhythm we haven't seen yet
today. It's this rest. When we have a rest, and we're using the advanced
counting way of doing these rhythms, we'll still say
the beat, we just won't clap our hands. So for this measure, we'll go one, two, three. Say three out loud, but just open your hands
to show that there's silence on beat three. Alright. I'll try this rhythm once, and then
you can try it with me the second time. Here we go. Just listen. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Now your turn to try it with me. Ready go. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Great. Now just for fun let's try our old
method of counting, which is to say two, TA, and three for these
notes. And then you can decide which you like better. But we'll continue to use both systems. Ready, set, go. Two, TA, three. TA, TA, rest. Three. Good, let's try the counting method one more
time. So now count the beat and clap the rhythm. Ready go. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Great job. Great work today. Now you know the method of counting that all
professional musicians use. That's what I used when I was in college studying
music. If you'd like more practice counting rhythms
using this method, you can go to our website and download some
activity pages. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next
time.

20 thoughts on “(OLD VERSION) Counting the Beat – Hoffman Academy”

  1. Excelente I am trying my son with autism learn pot play piano so your visual method is ideal for visual learners as my son. We really appreciate your teaching and lessons

  2. There are some people who stand out on this planet.
    You are one of them.
    It is not easy to teach concepts in such a simple and de constructed manner.
    I have watched piano teachers yell at my kids and had to pull them out of lessons as the teachers were frustrated and had no idea of how to teach. Making it look simple because there is a great deal of patience and thought going into every lesson.

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  4. Hello Mr. Hoffman, I want to ask u something whose answer I'm not getting anywhere. Well, I'm still a beginner but I really really want to play like pros, I can play some of the songs or tunes just by listening to its music but for a harder song like 'let it go' from 'frozen' I get stuck,I don't actually know how to proceed in playing these types of songs by just listening, I hope you got what I mean Sir, please help me with this, I'm really desperate to play beautiful pieces further.
    Thank you 🙂

  5. Again, Im am forever thankful for these turtorials. I had no idea that you actually re-filmed your entire teaching units. That is just amazing, and showes your amazing dedication for teaching others. Inspiring.

  6. Hello mr Hoffman ,
    I want to ask about the complete materials on the website .. does it cost 19$ per unit or 19$ for the whole materials ?!
    thanks in advance,,

  7. Please don't badmouth a person who is working so hard and giving away his teachings for FREE. Shame on everyone here who does not respect Mr Hoffman

  8. This set of instructional videos is wonderful gift to the children of the world. I hope a million kids will find it! And I hope you will be eternally blessed for doing this.

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