The essential rhythm or pulse underlying a musical piece, frequently the point where a listener would tap their foot and commonly represented in Western music by the quarter note.

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Do musicians count the meter all the time?

When I started as a beginner on the piano I just timed the notes by feeling. That is, until my teacher played back a recording of me to show me just how messed up my timings were. Since then I've ...
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What are the terms for beats and a set of beats in a dance?

I'm not native English speaking and not familiar with the technical terms in music. Thus this seems quite hard to Google an answer to... In a dance, like a slow waltz, the count goes: ...
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Move cue point to previous beat in Traktor

I have a cue point in Traktor that I set while the track was playing and I missed the beginning of the chorus by one beat. Is there a way to snap the cue point backward one beat without having to ...
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Stress in music

I am currently reading up on songwriting and am confused by the idea of stress in music. I understand it will be necessary to match the lyrics word stress with the music beat stress but dont know how ...
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Where did the term backbeat come from?

In most modern music in 4/4 beats 2 and 4 are where the snare hits are and are usually referred to as the backbeat. Normally in 4/4 the 2 and 4 beat would not be accented, but the snare hits do just ...
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Intended shift of meter in certain songs?

In pop music, there are some songs that pretend to have the beat accent at a certain time in the intro but with percussion coming in, the beat (apparently) shifts the meter such that you have the ...
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What does strum direction have to do with beats?

Somebody who teaches guitar told me that 1234 means down down down down, and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and means down up down up. But why? What do these numbers represent?
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How to develop rhythmic sophistication in writing music?

Often times when I'm writing or producing some music on my computer I tend to follow the usual and annoying pattern "standard" beat pattern, like when you have a metronome that ticks and you start or ...
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What do beats have to do with playing guitar?

I know a measure contains a certain number beats? But could you relate beats with chords and notes and most importantly guitar? Something I'm most interested in is the quintuple beat. Why is it ...
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Is 3/4 a crotchet, minim, or a quaver?

What is 3/4 in music? E.g., is it a crotchet,a minim, or a quaver. I am so confused. Somebody post back fast cause I am doing music homework and I am so confused!!!
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How do I create a drum beat?

I'm a beginner drummer, been playing for few months, but mostly playing beats of some songs that I like. However when I tried to make something of my own(I had a guitar player playing some random ...
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Why is the ''backbeat'' called the ''rock beat''?

The basic rock beat is 4/4, so you count 1-2-3-4. And to create the rock rhythm, you have to place the emphasis on the off-beats, which 2 and 4. So it goes like this: one, TWO, three, FOUR. At least ...
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In simple words, how would you describe 1) Rhythm and 2) Melody

What I understand is that, we take a set of notes and put them in a sequence. This gives us melody which is the music. But just notes playing monotonically is not an expression of anything, it is ...
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Starting metronome at different places

I am trying to align a stereo track click track in a DAW with the stereo track of a rap song. I wasn't sure if I should start at the very beginning of the song (00:00:00) or wait till the first beat ...
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How does this technique (Beat Tap?) work?

I'm trying to play this song. The part with the thumb slapping on the strings is quite difficult for me... He seems to perfectly hit just one string at a time (while beating the lower strings). ...
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What is this beat and why is it so popular

In many concert etudes, along with several rock songs, there is an accented pattern that often serves as a link to a new section of the music. It also works as a great fill. It usually comes from the ...
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Will straight crochets in 5/4 and straight quavers in 5/8 at same BPM sound the same?

If you write 5 1/4 notes in 5/4 at a tempo of q (quarter note)=120 and write 5 8th notes in 5/8 at e(eighth note)=120, one after another would they sound the same?
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What beats does the horn typically play on in a 2/4 march?

Wikipedia states: French Horns tend to always carry the rhythmic backup of a march. For example, in cut-time marches, they are typically assigned upbeats (the + of 1 and 2) to provide the "pah" ...
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physiological responses to different rhythms

InspIred by Physiological basis for note durations?, I'm wondering about a more general question of how the body responds to different tempos and beat structures, and how musIic is designed to elicit ...
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Conducting pattern - one spot, or multiples?

I've seen two ways of beating time, and I'm not sure if there's a clear better choice. One way is for the ictus to always be in the same spot in front of you, with a followthrough to prepare for the ...
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Rave drum loops like Netsky?

I want to start making some rave music. I listened to a few songs which seamed to share a nearly identical beat. (listen to Black & Blue - Miike Snow (Netsky Remix) for an example. I've been ...
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Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4

I cannot figure out the actual difference between these two beats. Isn't it sufficient to have only 2/4 (or 4/4 )?
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Trouble keeping time to a beat

I have a fair amount of skill (meaning technique and ease of learning a new piece) with both the piano and the guitar, and have had lessons with both for years. Unfortunately the teachers I've had ...