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Some more examples worth mentioning: Doobie Brothers "Minute by Minute" -- The percussion tells us 13 seconds into the song that the incredibly fast tempo keyboard fade-in in 2/4 is really a moderately-paced 6/8 in disguise. Genesis "Man on the Corner" -- The synth percussion that starts the song seems out of sync with the keyboard intro a few seconds ...


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In the end, the relative levels of the different tracks (instruments) in a mix is a matter of taste and it's an artistic decision. However, as you are just getting started, there is one basic skill that, if you master it, will help you acheive whatever relative levels you want to have in a mix. The hardest mix to make is one where all the instruments have ...


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In a comment to the OP, thrig mentioned Temperley's book "Music and Probability," and I thought I'd give some extra context. This is not a full answer to the question, but, depending on how far you want to go with this and what your goals are (scholarly, or just to use the software), this could be a good start: Longuet-Higgins and Steedman published some ...


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To add to Tim's answer the phrasing will also be wonky. If you for arguments sake have 8 bar phrases and lets say a minim upbeat in 4/4 time then the phrase will end on the second beat of seventh bar. If you omit the upbeat then there will still be this pause in the music in the middle of bar seventh, but this unusual division of phrases. Then you will ...


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Anacruses are there because there is/are syllables/words that need to come before the first emphasised word. By leaving them out, the first line probably won't make much sense, and that then puts emphasis (in the form of first word in a bar) in a different place. Think of 'Happy Birthday'. The anacrusis 'happy' is there so the emphasis is on 'birthday'. ...


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It really depends on the text. If the psalm that your trying to set needs the anacrusis, then you'll have to leave it in. If you can start on without it, then you can leave it out and adjust the music accordingly. And yes, it does affect the music. In setting text to music, you need to think about prosody which is how the words are emphasized using the ...


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Technically speaking, you can't ever say for certain until you see the original score (if there even is one) as determined by the composer; a piece could literally be written in an infinite number of time signatures. As such, we have to make these decisions based on a knowledge of prior practice and on what makes the most practical sense. So, let's look at ...


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I'd put it in 6/8, due to the triplets feel, but the phrasing kind of repeats every two bars, thus two lots of 3/8, making 6/8. Why /8? Well, it's fairly quick, so I'd write it as quavers instead of crotchets. There is a recent question on that subject - quavers to play give the feeling that they are quicker - I know it depends on the tempo mark, but ...



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