Build A Bar (Random Rhythm)

  • The Build A Bar rhythm game (formerly named Random Rhythm) is a game that demonstrates the comprehension and application of rhythm vocabulary.  The object of the game is to gain points by building bars of rhythm on the rhythm board using notes and rests that equal the beat number on the card.  The game requires an understanding of note and rest values, time signatures and bar lines and counting numbers. The card set consist of 32 numbered cards, 20 instrument cards(wild cards) and three instructional cards. The wild cards can represent any number. Written instructions for the game accompany the card set. Video instructions are provided below. 

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Build A Bar

The object of the game is to complete consecutive bars of rhythm and clap and count them correctly for a point. Players can elect to set a goal point before starting the game.  To begin, set up the rhythm board by choosing a time signature and basic beat and placing them on the rhythm board where indicated. Select 4 wild cards from the 20 wild cards in the deck and shuffle them with the 32 numbered cards. Players alternate turns choosing the top card of the deck and selecting note and/or rest values that equal the card number.  The notes and rests are placed on the rhythm board and the beat counters are added underneath the rhythm.  The player to complete a bar adds the bar line, claps and counts the bar of rhythm for a point.  The game continues until the fourth bar is completed.  The player to complete the last bar of rhythm can earn an extra point by clapping and counting the rhythm correctly at a tempo of their choosing. *Suggestion -  the other player can be the 'metronome' can clap or tap the beat to help their opponent keep and even tempo.  The game can be played many times until a set point goal is met. 


Variation

Players can randomly place the notes and rests in any of the four bars.  In this variation, players can elect to add the bar lines before starting the game. The player who completes a bar, claps and counts the bar of rhythm for a point.  The player to complete the final bar, which could be bar one, two, three or four, can again earn an extra point by clapping all four bars of rhythm correctly at a tempo of their choosing.