When you are learning how to rap one of the most important things that you need to grasp is how to count. By count I mean understanding how to count your beats per measure. Think of this as the foundation to a house. If the foundation is not rock solid then the house will always be unstable. The same applies to rapping. If you don’t learn how to count your beats per measure you will often be off beat and your rhythms wont have any solid structure to them. This article is a follow up to my previous post about establishing rhythm. Let’s dig deeper shall we?
Hold On To The Towel
Often times when people are trying to learn how to rap they will quickly get frustrated and want to throw in the towel. They often come to the conclusion that maybe they just don’t have the talent or rhythm to rap. I personally feel like anyone that doesn’t have a handicap or disability that may hinder them from rapping has the potential to learn how. I think the problem is that some people may be trying to run before they have learned how to crawl. It’s important to give your self room to learn & grow by starting out at a beginner level before you try attempting things on an advance level.
I first learned how to count my beats per measure when I joined my schools band in 3rd grade. Before we ever began playing sheet music we were taught how to count our beats. My teacher knew that it would be pointless to try and teach us anything until we learned how to count. Having this understanding is the key fundamental when learning to do anything in sync with music such as dancing, playing drums and of course rapping.
Work Up To 16
In this video I give you examples of how to rap to a 4 count, 8 count & 16 count. At first it will sound like a nursery rhyme but by the time I reach the 16 count it will all come together. Rappers typically rap in a 16 count rhythm which is really advanced. So if you are just starting off and are struggling with rhythm I recommend trying to rap to a 4 or an 8 count rhythm first. Once you feel like you have got those down pat move on to the 16 count.
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