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I think the answer you are searching for is that whatever you do, you have to do it deliberately and with confidence. People don’t make mistakes deliberately and with confidence. If you listen to some Frank Sinatra while reading the score, you’ll notice he is all over the place, and typically, he is very much behind the musicians. But he is singing with ...


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One factor is the use of stressed and unstressed syllables in lyrics. When a piece's rhythm and/or melodic structure 'goes against the grain' and puts emphasis in unusual places, it's immediately noticeable, for good or for bad. I imagine that more naturalistic settings (speech-like phrasing and emphasis) would be more adaptable to a wider range of styles ...


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"[...] why does our brain allow some patterns that are "off" to sound right even when things don't line up [...]" Probably what you are talking about is tied with what is called the Precedence Effect. It is, very basically, where two identical sounds that arrive with a small delay are perceived as a single sound, and beyond a certain breakpoint they are ...


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Perhaps the main thing to consider here is expectations. If you lived in a world where all musical lines had note starts (or other 'events') that only fell on the strong beats, then a vocal line that behaved otherwise might - at least on first listening - seem out of time. We (or at least most of us) don't live in that world though - for example, there are ...



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