My question refers to
PERRICONE, Jack. Melody in songwriting: tools and techniques for writing hit songs. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000.
In chapter 3 Jack Perricone elaborates on rhythm and explains how to find the amount of stress a note gets naturally by rhythmic stress and metric stress. I know that real world examples don´t work that mechanically but I would like to understand the textbook examples anyway.
I´ve included two of his expanatory measures and the two examples, my quetion refers to, below.
Three rules he gives that might be important here:
- Syncopated notes get increased stress
- Anticipations receive the stress of the anticipated note and additional stress due to syncopation
- Notes after a rest are stressed if they are not shorter than the note before. If they are shorter they are just acting as a pickup for the following beat.
1. Question Do you know of any other textbook detailing his approach?
I have some problems understanding the syncopation and anticipation examples shown below (the letters are not in the book). I would be grateful for any review or remarks on my reasoning!
Syncopation example (alla breve)
(?C?) this should get stressed, since its part of the 1st beat? Does it reveice no stress because it the 2nd 1/8 out of a (hypothetic) group of two which is rhythmically unstressed?
(?D?) no idea. I can´t see why this one is stressed
Anticipation example (4/4)
(?H?) is this on stressed because it´s after a rest and has the same value as the note before? Shouldn´t this give //? Or is this on an anticipated beat 1 of measure 6
(?K?) Weak stress because of rest?
(?M?) Strong stress because of anticipation of beat 3 and syncopation, right?
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!