Welcome to WebRhythms!

WebRhythms is a series of short articles designed to teach rhythmic reading. Each article includes musical examples that help explain the concepts and an exercise that tests your new reading skills. Along with the written materials, WebRhythms allows you to download and print a copy of each exercise and provides a computer-perfect MIDI performance at a number of different tempi. With all these materials, it's easy to be creative and challenge yourself while you learn or improve your reading ability.

If you're a novice at reading music, these articles will start you off by building a solid foundation. Those of you with strong reading skills can use these lessons to brush up and polish what you already know. The later lessons may even show you some new rhythmic ideas and procedures. Monster readers can take the Pro Challenge. Do you have what it takes to keep up?

I would like to thank the entire Vic Firth team for encouraging this project. And a special "thank you" to Mark Wessels for taking the materials and creating such an elegant site.

Have fun playing with WebRhythms!



  Lesson 1: Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests Lesson 10: Syncopation
  Lesson 2: Groups of 2 Eighth Notes Lesson 11: 16th Note Triplets
  Lesson 3A: Eighth Rests Lesson 12: Cut Time
  Lesson 3B: Sixteenth Notes Lesson 13: Thirty-second Notes
  Lesson 3C: 2 Sixteenth/8th Note Rhythm Lesson 14: Triplets in 8 Time
  Lesson 3D: 8th Note/2 Sixteenths Rhythm Lesson 15: Duplets in 8 Time
  Lesson 4: Sixteenth Rests Lesson 16: Mixed Meters
  Lesson 5: Dots and Ties Lesson 17: Mixed and Changing Meters
  Lesson 6: Review & Time Signatures Lesson 18: False Notation
  Lesson 7: Odd Meters Lesson 19: Rhythmic Abbreviations
  Lesson 8: Triplets Lesson 20: Final Exam
  Lesson 9: Quarter Note Triplets  

Dr. Norman Weinberg is Associate Professor of Percussion at
The University of Arizona. He is an active performer, clinician,
composer, author and member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
For more information about Norm or the U. of Arizona Percussion Program, visit