Questions tagged [beats]

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Why is alternating kick and snare so common in beats?

I've been messing with finger drumming with midi controllers, and one thing I've noticed time after time is how prevalent alternating kick/snare. Especially Kick on Beats 1 and 3, and Snare on Beats 2 ...
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Why aren't songs with 11 beats 13 beats, common?

I wonder why haven't I heard songs that have 13 beats or 11 beats (or may be 17 beats or other complex number) per measure. Are there any songs like that and why don't people and music directors ...
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DAW tempo vs score tempo signature

I am working on a baroque string piece (Rondeau from Abdelazer) as a way to learn to program strings and in general get better at orchestrating and using the software. One thing puzzles me quite a bit....
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How to determine fast if song has constant tempo

I'm trying to remix a song (which I have yet to find) and add a basic drum track and some bass to it. I am basically looking for acoustic versions / covers of popular songs (with no drums), which I ...
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Is there a name for a beat/tempo that can be interpreted as being in two different times

I am not a musician, I don't read music and I don't actually play any instruments. However (and sorry if this sounds stupid) I'm a very good dancer and believe I have a good ear and feeling for tempo ...
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How to determine the downbeats of a time signature?

From what I understand of time signatures, the top number indicates the number of beats, except for compound or odd beats. Like 4/4 has 4 crotchet beats, while 6/8 has two groups of 3 quaver beats, so ...
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Finger Picking Chords - Beats per bar

When one is playing a 4/4 tune "finger picking style" (Thumb base note, Index 3 string, Middle 2nd string and ring finger 1st string) (Not coincidentally 4 "actions/picks") My question is: Would a ...
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How long is a bar? [closed]

i have knowledge in reading tonic solfa notation. 4/4, 6/8 etc. I also have knowledge in music and audio production with the use of computer softwares, e.g FL Studios. I wish to know about the length ...
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Are most modern drums in pop/hiphop/edm music synthesized?

I was wondering if the drums that I hear around me on the radio/youtube/etc for the most part are synthesized or sample based. And even if they are samples, were they originally created by synths? I ...
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Conducting pattern - one spot, or multiples?

I've seen two ways of beating time, and I'm not sure if there's a clear better choice. One way is for the ictus to always be in the same spot in front of you, with a followthrough to prepare for the ...
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What is the difference between 2/4 and 4/4 when it comes the accented beats?

What is the difference between 2/4 and 4/4 when it comes the accented beats? I have been taught that 2/4 is popular in faster music like polka. I also see some hymns written in both 4/4 and 2/4. 4/4 ...
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Is it possible for me to learn music from DAW?

I want to learn music but dont know any basics and dont have any instruments. Is it possible for me to learn from DAW.
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How can I get the number of ticks in a bar using ticks per beat and tempo?

There seems to be a significance of one bar, certain notes happen every bar at roughly the same position. But how can I calculate how many ticks there are per bar using ticks per beat of the song and ...
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Proper way to count beats

In attempt to improve my crappy sense of rhythm, I've been reviewing how to count beats. However, I've been having some trouble, since rhythm divisions don't seem to translate "mathematically" into ...
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Why is the ''backbeat'' called the ''rock beat''?

The basic rock beat is 4/4, so you count 1-2-3-4. And to create the rock rhythm, you have to place the emphasis on the off-beats, which 2 and 4. So it goes like this: one, TWO, three, FOUR. At least ...
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The metre/rhythm of classical guitar piece “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”

In all sheets I can find the famous piece "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for classical guitar (see these search results) is written in 3/4. But in some way I hear it most of the time as a 4/4 with a 2/4; ...
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Drum Programming - what is this sound called (kick/snare/clap or other sound?) [closed]

I really want to recreate this music, what is this interesting sound called at 1:13/1:14 timeline (it is after a kick sound) Thank you!
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Do you play the upbeat when beginning to play a series of notes, and then after?

Do you play an upbeat like this when beginning the song, and then also at the end?
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I need help! how many beats in this note?

assuming that the quarter is one beat, how many beats is the circled part? Thank you for your help
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How can I switch up a four on the floor drum rhythm? [closed]

So I'm working on a song with a 4otF rhythm, but the beat gets rather boring after a while (it's a somewhat long song). I'm looking to switch up the drums but I'm not sure I know what pattern to use ...
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Stress in music

I am currently reading up on songwriting and am confused by the idea of stress in music. I understand it will be necessary to match the lyrics word stress with the music beat stress but dont know how ...
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What time signature has 3 out of 8 beats accented?

It's been a very long time since I've done musical theory but I know this rhythm is quite common, especially in dance and even some punk/metal. So, some songs have 4 beats to a bar but it has 2 ...
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Why do some slow songs have a high bpm?

I was listening to White Iverson by Post Malone: and when I looked up its bpm here and here I found that the bpm was 130 which caught me by surprise because the song ...
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Does changing the beat of a song change its genre? [closed]

Recently, I was listenting to a song, adn then a remix of the same song, and noticed that the melody/beat of the two were very different. Are the two variations of the song different genres, and if ...
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EDM/Dubstep production [closed]

so as a kid I kind of dabbled in making beats and such, but never got the hang of it. Now that I'm older, i want to get back into it, but im hitting the same blocks... I know a little bit of music ...
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Keeping count in a solo trill

I am working towards my clarinet Grade 8 and have a few occasions where I have to play an unaccompanied long trill (we're talking a bar or 2). I have always struggled to count trills, however all the ...
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Help understanding subdivisions of beats in a bar [closed]

Why can two consecutive beats be subdivided into "subbeats"? If a rhythm consists of four beats in a bar, and those beats are subdivided into two "subbeats", can we call it a 8/4 time signature ?
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Words to describe this Dance Music texture/effect

So we always have like in dance music 4/4 and like 4 kicks in one bar with two claps or snares on every second beat going and let's say I add some bassline that plays totally different rhythm/pulse (...
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Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4

I cannot figure out the actual difference between these two beats. Isn't it sufficient to have only 2/4 (or 4/4 )?
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Distinguish music devices: Sequencer, Launchpad, Sampler, Synthesizer

I've been having a hard time figuring out function of these below music devices: 1. Beatstep sequencer 2. Launchpad | Ableton Push 3. Sampler 4. Sequencer 5. Synthesizer For example, if I use ...
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Timing of this slap guitar piece, is it right or wrong?

Several comments for this video remark that it is not in time. What do they mean? I can count a 4/4 beat to her playing, and for me it seems fine. So can someone point to me what is not in time here? (...
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What are the main drum elements used in beatmaking?

What are the main types of drum samples used to create a hiphop beat? I've narrowed it down to three: Kick Snare Hihat Are there any more? I think there's also an 808 but I think it's a type of kick....
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How can I determine odd time signature when listening to music?

I try to understand odd time by listening to the underlying pulse and the duration of notes, but it doesn't always work when the rhythm gets complicated. What I mean is visualising the pulse as the ...
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Strong & weak beats in 4/4 time signature

Why are there such things as strong and weak beats? And how can we use them or consider them while composing a new music piece?
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What is the rhythm of this Herbie Hancock song, and why is it so weird?

I've always listened to a lot of jazz and heard some weird rhythms, but only this year did my high school offer music theory - and right now, we're learning about rhythm. All we've done so far is ...
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Intended shift of meter in certain songs?

In pop music, there are some songs that pretend to have the beat accent at a certain time in the intro but with percussion coming in, the beat (apparently) shifts the meter such that you have the ...
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Music Theory behind build ups

So a very common technique to use in an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) song is to create a build up by increasing the speed of the beat until it stops and drops (then proceeding to melt the face of the ...
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Techniques to facilitate the process of marking which words are stressed/accented by beat

I'd like to provide context first: I'm currently pursuing a thesis project that uses a stylistic approach to rap music. I want to be able to prove that dividing rap bars by the (usually) four beats ...
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Does 4/8 Have a Faster Tempo Than 4/4 at 60 BPM?

When playing 4/8 at 60 bpm will the rhythm or my foot tapping should be twice as fast compared to 4/4 at 60 bpm? If that's the case then does that mean bpm has been changed to 120? But I have read ...
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Is it hopeless in terms of becoming decent musicians, if they can't count beats?

My flesh-n-blood guitar teacher has tried to get me to count beats (verbally or at minimum in my mind), and I think that I've tried reasonably hard in doing so for few months now. However I've come to ...
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slow drum beats over fast sub beats

I'm looking for the definition of a drum beat where the main beat is slow, about 70 bpm, but the sub beat is about 3 times faster. What is the official name/style of that playing? for example ...
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Eighth note equals eighth note piano notation

I have a question about notation for you: What is meant by the two eighths that are set equal to each other you can see in the picture? This from Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole, IV. Feria, for piano ...
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What is “Upbeat Music”?

Okay, I have enough searching and now I'm just totally confused. Prologue I am not a professional musician and I don't know music terms and I can not read notesheets so bear with me. One day doing ...
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Number appearing above two notes in tempo; how do I play/interpret this?

I'm trying to play Take me to church by Hozier on a program I made in assembly. It takes into account the pitch and the number of beats involved per note. In the piano music sheet I found for take me ...
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Beat/Pulse Grouping

When talking about odd time signatures, people always talk about dividing the time signature into beat groupings, and those beat groupings are most prominently 2 and 3 (for example: 5/4 being 2+3 or 3+...
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Is it appropriate to use BPM to measure the tempo of a song?

First, does tempo tell us how fast a song is? Second, is BPM the right way to measure the tempo of a song? There are some songs like Illahi-Yeh jawaani hai deewani where the tempo is around 120 BPM ...
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Why are measures (aka “bars”) important?

Just as an example, let's say we have 60 BPM. So every second there's a beat. Imagine nodding your head every second to this rhythm. Now isn't that enough information to make a song? If I have a ...
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What's the difference between pulse and beat?

Is there a difference between pulse and beat ,I've done my research, and some resources says they're the same, others says they're not,so which assumption is more acceptable? -From what I've learned, ...
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Why is Bonse Aba beamed the way it is?

Bonse Aba — a Zambian children's song — is written in 2/4. However, the beaming, as shown in this link, does not appear to reflect the quarter note main beats. Instead, it starts beams on beat 1 and ...
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What is the difference between grouped and separated quarter notes

Let us consider the 2/4 time. Now, let's say I split up all the beats by 2 in one bar. This gives me a total of four 1/8th notes. Now, in some cases, I've seen that, they are grouped as 2 pairs or ...