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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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How to improve rhythm timing on off beat rhythms

I am practicing Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions for a long time, but I mess up on the timing in one or the other place. In that song, the snare comes at 3rd beat (or 7th if you count 8). And ...
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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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How does this technique (Beat Tap?) work?

I'm trying to play this song. The part with the thumb slapping on the strings is quite difficult for me... He seems to perfectly hit just one string at a time (while beating the lower strings). ...
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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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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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In simple terms, how would you describe Rhythm and Melody

What I understand is that, we take a set of notes and put them in a sequence. This gives us melody which is the music. But just notes playing monotonically is not an expression of anything, it is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drum Programming and Tempo/BPM

I have a song that I am making in 88 bpm. I want to add the bass to sound like a heartbeat at 44bpm to simulate a slow, meditative feel. However, I am having trouble deciding where I should place the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 important beats in a measure and how do they affect music?

In a 4/4 situation, how does "importance" work in beats? I read somewhere that rock puts emphasis on certain beats and jazz puts emphasis on other ones. Also, when we have an important beat, how does ...
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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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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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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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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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Score with snare on 3rd beat or on 2nd and 4th beats half speed

I was making a 4/4 score for a bassist and it had 170 bpm with kick on first beat and snare on 3rd, he said he was used to having the snare on 2nd and 4th with half the bpm. That was news to me, is ...
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Is rhythmic notes upstrokes and downstrokes changes depending on what sound or feel we want?

I don't know the title is correct for my desire question or not tho I will try to explain as much best to make my question understandable. As we all know there are so many rhythmic note which work ...
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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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How does bpm change affect the timing of notes?

I have a note format with beats represented as measure fractions that I want to convert to actual time (seconds). So given this data: number, title, measure, position 1 NOTE 2 0.0 2 NOTE 2 0.25 3 ...
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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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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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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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The 4/4 mindset, is it?

Whenever I count beats to a song, I mostly end up with counting a bar this pattern: 1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and And when I want to "count the sub-beats" (I don't know if that is the way to do it, but I ...
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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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Starting metronome at different places

I am trying to align a stereo track click track in a DAW with the stereo track of a rap song. I wasn't sure if I should start at the very beginning of the song (00:00:00) or wait till the first beat ...
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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....