Talking Straight Duple Rhythmisation Vocabularies
by Taura Eruera
Straight rhythms–or duple rhythms–are those that are evenly divisible.
Duple rhythms are typical of most commercial styles, especially rock and pop styles.
They are typically presented in a hierarchy as displayed here with their numerical names.
Hierarchy of Rhythms
Their sub-divisible relationships are shown here.
Hierarchy of rhythm subdivisions
Hierarchy of Rhythmisation Note Names
The rhythmisation talking names are shown here for each note.
Rhythmisation Vowel Pronunciation Guide
In the preceding hierarchy you’ll notice:
Whole note takes the “e” vowel as in [bed]
Half note takes the “u” vowel as in [blue]
Quarter note takes the “o” vowel as [go]
Eighth note takes the “a” vowel as in [path]
Sixteenth note takes the “i” vowel as [bit]
Rhythmisation Consonant Guide
Any vowel preceded by a “d” consonant denotes a strong duration.
Any vowel preceded by a “b” consonant denotes a weak duration.
Any vowel preceded by a “s” consonant denotes a silent duration.
Duple Rhythmisation Vocabularies
You will initially learn to hear and talk the three basic duple rhythm vocabularies.
You will learn them as separate vocabularies then you will learn them as combined vocabularies.
Later you will learn to hear and talk the other three duple rhythm vocabularies.
The Dybydyby’s: the double whole note or breve vocabulary.
The Debedebe’s: the whole note or semi breve vocabulary.
The Dubudubu’s: the half note vocabulary.