enter image description hereI have an assignment with a simple rhythm in 4/4 time. I am being asked to rewrite the rhythm as syncopated with one half beat before the start of the measure. I cant add a photo as it is too large to upload even with compression but the notes are as follows:

quarter, quarter, two eighths joined together, quarter

How would I syncopate this? I have tried reading around the concept but cant seem to grasp it. From what I can understand it is shifting the expected accent. In this case to the 2nd and 4th note

Any help would be appreciated

  • Are you sure those are the notes? They add up to one 8th note shy of a full 4/4 measure. – Dekkadeci Mar 12 at 0:01
  • sorry my bad i am a beginner to this. its quarter, quarter, ,2 eigths joined together then a quarter – ryankelly6SM Mar 12 at 0:20
  • I'm not entirely sure I understand the question, but maybe this will work? You will need 3 and a half beats of rests and then an eighth note tied across the barline to another eighth note, then a quarter note, two eighth notes and then a quarter and add an eighth note rest at the end. Does that sound right to you? – Jomiddnz Mar 12 at 0:40
  • Any simple picture editor (e.g. Microsoft Paint) will let you reduce the size of a picture and make it uploadable. I do this all the time. – chasly - supports Monica Mar 12 at 0:49
  • i managed to upload the image thanks – ryankelly6SM Mar 12 at 1:19

Just so as to not COMPLETELY do your homework for you...

I've started with a slightly different original version. This is what I think they're asking you to do to it.

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  • thank you thats appreciated. I managed to upload the image above. So based on this example would be third note become 4 16ths instead of 2 eighths? – ryankelly6SM Mar 12 at 1:19
  • No. We're moving everything forward by an 8th. 16ths won't come into it. I suggest you accept the advice to consult the course ppt. – Laurence Payne Mar 12 at 1:41
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    okay thank you. I did try to consult the ppt but it was no use so i thought i would try stack exchange – ryankelly6SM Mar 12 at 1:53

Syncopation is moving the emphasis of notes played. Normally, the first beat in a bar is more emphasised - slightly louder - than the rest, the third (in 4/4) being the next most emphasised. As in 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. By listening to how certain parts are emphasised, we can determine what time signature a piece has.

By putting that emphasis just before the new bar, and not actually having any emphasis at the beginning of the next, it throws things. Sometimes called a push note, as it pushes that emphasis early.

So in order to do that, there's a quaver (1/8 note) at the end of the previous bar, tied to the next note - usually a crotchet - at the beginning of the following bar. Now, the count is 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 & - (1) - 2 - 3 - 4.

As Laurence says, the 3rd beat can also be 'pushed', although the wording of the question doesn't necessarily expect that.

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