I struggle with rhythm and I am wondering what other folks do to find rhythms. I am talking about rhythm in the sense of sounding notes of different lengths correctly[*], not the related topic of keeping the beat.
Do you count (either audibly or inaudibly) in the classic 1 2 3 4 | 1-e-&-a 2 3-& 4 | style. If so, do you always count?
I do count but I find it distracting and I really lose feeling for the music because I have to concentrate on counting so much. Plus I cannot sing (either audibly or inaudibly) the numbers very easily.
Then there are a number of rhythm solfege systems: Kodaly, Gordon, Takadimi and more. These assign syllables to notes. Sort of like the diddly-di-di Irish mouth music stuff. This is more appealing to me as it feels more like singing, it can be expressive and it does not seem to take up so much mental space. But these systems seem to be meant for teaching children and then they are expected to graduate to the classic counting system before too long.
[*] I have the most problem with long notes (whole notes or dotted whole notes) and with rests. Long rests feel like I am just guessing most of the time
PS. I should have said that I am asking about reading rhythms from standard sheet music, not for learning by ear.
Edited by Don Taylor, 20 September 2017 - 08:19 AM.