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While many technical terms in music have a solid and commonly understood meaning -- especially a lot of the Italian terms, and words like "bar", "crotchet", "pitch" -- "phrase" is a more informal term. Most people would understand it, but there's no authoritative, constricting definition. Most generally, a phrase is a sequence of notes that belong together. ...


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Please note this answer does not apply to classical music. A phrase is usually only part of a riff. For rock music a phrase is a sequence of notes that is surrounded by pauses (actual rests or implied pauses). Rock and blues are both based on narrative form, which on its most fundamental level implies direct vocal emulation. Phrase length is generally set ...


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I don't think there is a definite answer here. I have been in bands where all the members act as 'leaders' at the same time and at bands where one is the leader. In most bands I know, there is a leader. There are pros and cons in both of them. When everyone in the band is a leader, thus making it a democracy, it is hard and time consuming to decide what ...



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