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Improve Your Rhythm: Clapping Along with the Strong Beats

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

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The Two Key Challenges Faced by New Singers

Two common challenges for singers are singing off-beat and off-pitch. Today, we'll be focusing on the former and discussing ways to improve your rhythm.

Even with a beautiful voice, singing out of sync with the rhythm can spoil your performance. Fortunately, it's an issue that can be easily fixed. By learning to clap along with the song's beat, you can quickly improve your sense of rhythm and avoid this problem.

Practicing Rhythm through Clapping for Beginners

Most songs are divided into measures or bars, each typically consisting of 4 beats that are repeated throughout the entire song. Clap along to the strong beats of your favorite song to improve your rhythm. These beats are typically the ones that make you want to nod your head when you listen to the track. Pay attention to how certain words line up with your claps, and make sure to sing those words in sync with your clapping.

Let's try clapping along to 'Top of the World' by Carpenters and see if you can keep up with the song's rhythm. We'll simplify it for beginners by clapping only on the first and third beats.

"Such a feelin's comin' over me There is wonder in most every thing I see Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes And I won't be surprised if it's a dream"

Check out the table below, where blue circles 🔵 indicate beat 1 and green circles 🟢represent beat 3. Words that align with these beats are marked with a circle above them. Even without singing, the song's beats, or pulse, continue, as seen by the circles during silent parts.

How did that feel? Were you able to sense the beat or the pulse of the song more clearly? Once you feel confident, try practicing clapping to the entire song. Don't forget to play the music when you practice.

Note that the clapping we just did is designed for beginners. Clapping to the groove will require a different approach, which we will discuss in the future.

Clapping is an important step of understanding the rhythm of a song. As you continue to practice, you will notice a significant improvement in the overall sound of your performance.

See you in the next blog.

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