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Conclusion

Rhythm is as vital to music as the heartbeat is to life. Without rhythm music would either be constant, unchanging sound or silence. The two main categories of rhythm are cyclical and non-cyclical. Cyclical rhythms are rhythms that repeat in a predictable way, while non-cyclical rhythms are either sporadic or in some other way unpredictable.

We organize rhythms into meter, this gives us a clear way to read rhythms at sight as well as a way to delineate large pieces of music. Tempo, usually measured in beats per minute, describes how quickly the rhythms occur. Both meter and tempo can change multiple times during a piece of music.

Composition Assignment

Take the melody and chord progression you wrote in your previous assignments and create a cyclical rhythm for your chords to accompany your melody.