18 Rhythms you should know

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Not every rhythm has an extensively acknowledged name, but for those that do it will be because that rhythm has a particular cultural significance. So today we are going to take a look at 18 of these "named" rhythms so you can be familar with how they sound and where they originate from.

The outro music to this video is my track "Clap" which you can hear in full on Spotify:.

And, an extra special thanks goes to Douglas Lind, Vidad Flowers, Ivan Pang, Waylon Fairbanks, Jon Dye, Austin Russell, Christopher Ryan, Toot & Paul Peijzel, the channel's Patreon saints!.


0:00 Introduction.
0:11 Kid .
1:30 Bo Diddley beat.
2:42 .
4:32 Rumba Clave.
5:30 pattern.
6:21 .
7:40 HDpiano.
8:14 .
9:21 .
10:24 Bossa Nova.
11:34 Charleston.
12:09 .
13:27 5/4 clave.
14:00 Triplets.
14:25 Tuplets.
14:43 3:2 Polyrhythm.
15:51 4:3 Polyrhythm.
16:44 Football Clap.
17:37 Shave and a haircut, two bits.
18:34 Patreon.


18 Rhythms you should know

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  1. Yes, the football clap is also used in American sports. But I’m a little disappointed you didn’t include the “A Noose, A Tree, Hang the Referee” rhythm.

  2. The football chant is also used in Centerfield by John Fogerty, so it’s more of a baseball thing here in the US.

    1. I was just gonna comment this! We even did it as a hype thing in little league baseball when I was a kid in the 00’s. I remember one of my assistant coaches screwing it up every time and losing the rhythm on the last two claps. Couldn’t be too mad at the guy since he was such a cool dude and a solid third-base coach lol

  3. 6:48 Beethoven also used the Shuffle Rhythm extensively in the 4th Movement Rondo Allegro Assai of his 3rd Piano Sonata in C Major Op 2 No 3.

  4. In Russia “The Football Clap” is wildly spread as a chant for some teams. Sometimes it’s just the first bar, sometimes both

  5. I know the Football Clap as the signal for everyone to be quiet in school here in the U.S. It didn’t always work … but that’s what I know it to be used for

    1. can attest for this, not sure which state youre from but in NY its also the “get the kids attention” thing the teachers use

  6. Another well-known example for the Bo Diddley beat is “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow (1982).

  7. In Finland the football clap is used in similar way at least in ice hockey where in the end we yell the name of the team.

  8. A rhythm that is widely used in heavy metal would be the gallop. One and a two and a three and a four and a (back to one). Iron Maiden uses this in tons of songs.

  9. Thanks David…your vids never fail to rekindle my interest in music!

  10. “Pass the god damned butter” is a phrase that’s going to be stuck in my head for a while.

  11. The musical joke of an incomplete Shave And A Haircut rhythm was used in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In it the judge (Christopher Lloyd) finds Roger by playing the first bar. Roger can’t resist and comes out of hiding to sing, “Two bits!”

  12. I find it so intriguing that most songs in three-time have lyrics related to sleeping, e.g. Sing me to Sleep by the Smiths, I Go to Sleep by Ray Davies / the Pretenders, Army Dreamers by Kate Bush…

  13. “Shave and a Hair Cut” has a WHOLE different connotation in Mexico xD (hint: don’t even whistle it at someone). The rhythm itself, even without the words, works as a very traditional but offensive insult.

  14. Thank you so much for this video! it was super informative. I’d love to see more videos focused on rhythm for pianists 💖✨

  15. Because of you, I decided to create a song exploring two new things that I haven’t yet used. That is, the 3/4 time signature, and the use of a single sustained chord throughout the entire thing. I definitely like it, and I probably wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t want to do some new things that I haven’t explored.

    I’ll probably post it later today. Thank you <3

  16. Venezuelan here. Glad to see you feature some Latin-American and African rhythms, it does feel like something the channel was previously lacking

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