Take the 2-minute tour ×
Musical Practice & Performance Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

rhythm in question, hot po-ta-to

It is used in some earlier songs of Antònia Font:

If you slow it down it becomes a Phil Spector drumbeat.

In which other ways can it be precisely described?

regards

share|improve this question
    
Looks like habanera. –  nonpop Oct 12 '13 at 22:17
    
awesome, thanks! –  Graham Oct 12 '13 at 22:28
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 4 down vote accepted

That is called a Habanera rhythm (also known as Cuban contradanza). It is a traditionally Cuban/Afro-Latin rhythm. It is closely related to the Tresillo rhythm and the Hemiola. It is the duple pulse correlative of the triple pulse Vertical Hemiola.

The Wikipedia articles go into good detail explaining these rhythms further, so I won't needlessly quote them. However, if you don't understand something in one of the articles, feel free to ask and we'll try to clarify it.

share|improve this answer
    
thanks, interesting connection with the other rhythms. I guess you could call the Tresillo and Hemiola diminished (by one note missing each) versions of the Habanera. Nicely answered! –  Graham Oct 12 '13 at 22:32
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.