Questions tagged [beats]

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How are varying degrees of accent notated?

Most music notation give very binary accents for beats (either there or not), but there are many "degrees" of accenting a beat. One bar of 4 4 time, "one two three four", is equivalent to two bars of ...
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How do i make that sound? [closed]

i really like the sound at the beginnig of this song. What sound is this/instrument and how can i create a similar one? thanks. here is the song: http://vocaroo.com/i/s0ZvO6Tkuybz
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Negative Beat / Silence

Some music these days contain tiny pauses after/instead of each beat. Hard to describe but one example I just heard is Petite Bisquit - Sunset Lover What is this effect or style called? Thank you!
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Beat note confusion, and not being able to work out the correct time signature

I tried so hard to understand the difference between notes and beats but I couldn't. Surprisingly there are countless videos on the subject on youtube, but no video could drive the point home. One ...
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Time between beats in a 60 bpm song [closed]

I am a software developer and I have no knowledge of music theory, and I'm bad at maths.. I'm developing a very simple music production software which allows users to customise the bpm - I'm trying ...
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Strong and weak beats in subdivisions

I am aware of the basic classification of metre i.e.: -4/4 strong weak strong weak -3/4 S W W - 6/8 S W W S(at least in comparison) W W However, I am not quite sure what happens with this division ...
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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 ...
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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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I'm trying to figure out number of measures

Im trying to figure the number of measures using the bpm and the length of the song. So I was wondering if you have any ways I could figure it out for me.
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Where is “one”? How do you keep track?

I recently watched a YouTube excerpt of Jack Feierman's master class in which he alludes to techniques that can be developed to know where "one" is. He has a click ...
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Finding the correct BPM/Time Signature

I am trying to transcribe a music (Pikon De Meta Fiction by Erabareshi), and even though this sync perfectly with the music, I don't feel comfortable with it (mainly because of the ties). Do anyone ...
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Difference between tempo and bpm

Is there a difference between tempo and bpm (beats per minute ) ? Or is one just more precise than the other?
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With a song with drums, etc, how do you determine the tempo of the song?

It was hard to write exactly what I'm getting after in the question. In certain genres like trap (a sub-genre of EDM) people say that the speed of those beats are in the 110 and higher range. Isn't ...
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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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What's the rhythm for 6/8?

Looking into 6/8 on the Internet, I've learnt that the beat is not 6 eighth/quaver notes but 2 dotted quarter/crotchet notes. So that's cool, but I've also read about beats in a measure being either ...
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What's this Time Signature if not 4/4?

From wiki: "Time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats (pulses) are to be contained in each bar and which note value is to be given one beat. ...
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How to keep rhythm when sixteenth notes occur?

Hello I am playing piano for four years now and I still have trouble with rhythm (beats). I just want to ask if there is a way to learn how to fit notes into the beats without being born with the ...
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Newcomer to mixing - what levels should I set for each track?

Ok so I been rapping for almost a decade, so naturally I have no problems putting together a pretty decent hip hop beat/instrumental. Recently I have decided to better well-round my hip hop and ...
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Quick Beat Identification. Method or Software

I am learning to identify the beats precisely at a random spot in a piece of music at least of strict tempo upon hearing it for a short time, say in one bar. Are there ways to do so effectively and ...
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Is it necessary to include the anacrusis?

I am putting the Psalms to the music of popular hymns using a software called MuseScore. I noticed that many hymns start with an anacrusis and then divide the measure at the end of the line,so that ...
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How do you know if a song has triplets in 4/4 or if the tempo is 3/4?

How do you know if a song has triplets in 4/4 or if the tempo is 3/4 ? For example, consider this song : For the first line , I can count 1,2,3 ,1,2,3 ,1,2,3 ,1,2,...
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Is to possible to translate any time signature to any time signature?

Is to possible to translate any time signature to any time signature without even slight change in music? Sometimes it is so hard to translate some time signatures to each other but finally is it ...
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Why top number of time signature/dividing music into bars is required?

As i know the only thing that top number of time signature defines is beats in a bar. But i can read a music sheet without bar lines. So only the bottom number of time signature is required. Why ...
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Origin of the Backbeat

Ok, so I've heard a lot on the origin of the backbeat. Some say it came from African voodoo and others say from the Middle East. Where did it actually come from? Also, people say it was expressly ...
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What is a rational rhythm?

Tuplets can transform a rhythm into an irrational (or irregular) rhythm, but how do we precisely define a rational rhythm in the first place?
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Can a tuplet apply to a fraction of a beat?

Instead of dividing a beat, or an entire sequence of beats, could it be that it alters the duration of (say) one and a half beats?
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Common denominator bpm

I have a video of nature. I noticed that there are three repeating elements, one has 80.197844 bpm, the other 64.664 bpm and the other 67.4 bpm. I want to compose music for it. To get started, how do ...
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Time signature equivalent - two bars in Waltz time

I'm teaching a dance class in Waltz, the music is of course in 3/4 time. I wanted a way to describe to the students the beats in 2 consecutive bars, which I thought of as describing as '6/4' - I know ...
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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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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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Should you practice all basic drum patterns on both sides?

Should I practice all drum patterns on both sides or is it not necessary? For example - I started learning how to play ghost notes and all the youtube lessons that I've seen so far show how to play ...
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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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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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Can't perceive a 6-8 March rhythm properly

I'm playing "the Campbells are coming" which goes like this: As I think, it goes like (There is an anacrusis): | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | | - - - - - c | ...
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What beat is We Can Still Stop Her in?

This piece (We Can Still Stop Her by Michael Giacchino, Inside Out OST) has a strange beat. It seems 4/8 at first, but something isn't right: it takes 9 bars for the melody to repeat, but it's two ...
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Compound meter( 6/8) beat subdivisions?

I know in the 6/8 compound meter, the first beat gets strong downbeat and the second beat gets the weak upbeat. But I am trying to analyze syncopation in a piece, so I want to know how each of the ...
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Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?

When creating electronic beats, I have a hard time deciding if I should really use a synthesizer to sequence my whole rhythm section. Sometimes I end up using samples or recording something close to ...
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Can't differentiate between time signatures

I know the general idea behind time signatures: 6:8 is 6 eighth notes in a bar, 3:4 is 3 quarter notes in a bar. I also understand that in situations like these, while the two technically equal each ...
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Do musicians count the meter all the time?

When I started as a beginner on the piano I just timed the notes by feeling. That is, until my teacher played back a recording of me to show me just how messed up my timings were. Since then I've ...
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What are the terms for beats and a set of beats in a dance?

I'm not native English speaking and not familiar with the technical terms in music. Thus this seems quite hard to Google an answer to... In a dance, like a slow waltz, the count goes: 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-...
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Move cue point to previous beat in Traktor

I have a cue point in Traktor that I set while the track was playing and I missed the beginning of the chorus by one beat. Is there a way to snap the cue point backward one beat without having to ...
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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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Where did the term backbeat come from?

In most modern music in 4/4 beats 2 and 4 are where the snare hits are and are usually referred to as the backbeat. Normally in 4/4 the 2 and 4 beat would not be accented, but the snare hits do just ...
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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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What does strum direction have to do with beats?

Somebody who teaches guitar told me that 1234 means down down down down, and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and means down up down up. But why? What do these numbers represent?
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How to develop rhythmic sophistication in writing music?

Often times when I'm writing or producing some music on my computer I tend to follow the usual and annoying pattern "standard" beat pattern, like when you have a metronome that ticks and you start or ...
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What do beats have to do with playing guitar?

I know a measure contains a certain number beats? But could you relate beats with chords and notes and most importantly guitar? Something I'm most interested in is the quintuple beat. Why is it ...
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Is 3/4 a crotchet, minim, or a quaver?

What is 3/4 in music? E.g., is it a crotchet,a minim, or a quaver. I am so confused. Somebody post back fast cause I am doing music homework and I am so confused!!!
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How do I create a drum beat?

I'm a beginner drummer, been playing for few months, but mostly playing beats of some songs that I like. However when I tried to make something of my own(I had a guitar player playing some random ...
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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 ...