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Movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.

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What is the proper term for the time quantum in additive rhythm?

What is the proper musical term for the time quantum in additive rhythm (e.g. Indian music): i.e., the duration of which all notes/rests are some integer multiple? EDIT: The precise context for which ...
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Drumming: Where do backbeats/snares go in 2/2 time

In the vast majority of modern popular 4/4 music involving drum kits (jazz, hip hop, rock, country, etc.) the snare hits (or equivalent 'pat' noise) occur on the backbeats (2 and 4). Of course, like ...
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Can anyone tell me how to play triplets in rhythm with eighth notes? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty performing these series of triplets in tandem with my eighth notes? Does anyone know any cues or practice I can do to learn? I'm thinking I should try to just aim to aim to time ...
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Note placement for beat/rhythm clarity

I have been transcribing a piece in 4/4 time for the piano. I am not fully certain as to how I should format the notes on the upper staff – as they split every beat. I have provided 3 options below ...
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Issues with formatting multiple voices in 6/8 time signature

I have been transcribing a piece in 6/8 time which has two voices. I am worried that it is difficult to read the rhythm and was wondering if there is any other way to format this to make it clearer. ...
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Placing rest symbols according the convention of the time signature

I am preparing for a music school entry exam and I am given following problem: "In the following example, place the missing rest symbols in the brackets. It's possible, that you have to write ...
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Maintaining strumming rhythm while singing [duplicate]

I finally have become a lot better maintaining a rhythm while strumming guitar. But as soon as I try to sing,I lose my count. Example, with a standard DDUUDU pattern I find I'm actually thinking the ...
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Can we give each weak beat a weak degree from strong and weak beats notation?

I've seen the strong and weak beats written S-W-s-w in 4/4 time. This means strongest - weak - strong - the weakest. The distinction between the strengths of weak beats seems to be characteristic of ...
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Need help reading Muddy Waters's "Got my mojo working"

This is the rhythm guitar part to Muddy Waters's "Got My Mojo Working". I would like to know what beats the chords land on for this measure. I only know that the first chord lands on the and ...
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Did percussion instruments communicate spoken words in click languages?

There are a number of click languages in Africa where 'clicks' function as part of their language. It seems like it would be possible to communicate some words with percussion instruments (maybe a ...
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How to sight read rhythm (note durations) and maintain rhythmic accuracy?

I understand the concept of rhythm and different note durations, I can play them well (when I pause and use the "1 e + a" system) But, in many piano pieces there are different rhythms that ...
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thirteen within 4 beats? [duplicate]

How would you go about executing the rhythm pattern in bar 15 of Frank Zappa's "The Black Page #2"? "The Page" is in 4/4 time; how does one practice making 13 regular strokes ...
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How do I count this rhythm? What is the name of this? It has a triplet but also an 8th note?

I'm learning some solos for guitar and it has this notation. I don't really know how to read it, but it would help if I knew what it was called. Is it a 16th note triplet with an 8th note at the end?
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Should one transcribe granular 16th information in sung melodies?

I'm noticing a lot of the sung melodies to my favorite songs have weird looking 16th note offsets like melodies landing on "e" and "a" in 1e&a. This turns an easy to read ...
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Two Time Signatures: Bach Prelude in D Major BWV 874 [duplicate]

I'm currently learning Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major, No. 5 WTC 2, BWV 874. At the beginning of the prelude, there are two time signatures given - cut time (2/2) and a 12/8 time signature. I ...
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Timing variations of percussive instrument performance

I am at the final stages of my M.Sc. and I am working on a sonic gesture interaction system to control a digital percussion instrument (more like sampler). In order to perform the evaluation of the ...
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If I put accented syllables(these syllables have higher pitch and higher volume) on each beat of music does it count as syncopation?

If I put accented syllables(these syllables have higher pitch and higher volume) on each beat of music does it count as syncopation since I’m also accentuating beats 2 and 4?All of this is in 4/4 time....
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What is the rhythm of this rap? [closed]

I figured out that it is 4/4, but I cannot for my life figure out what is the rhythm of the lyric "Row Row, Fight the Power". It is within 20 secs of start. Can someone help me transcribe? ...
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Playing 16th Note at High Tempo

In Classical/fingerstyle guitar is playing 16th note at tempo > 100 BPM is normal ? I am I am practising at 60 BPM which i feel is fast, since the gap between each metronome click is very small. ...
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Shouldn't this piece be written in 6/8?

Both my eyes and my ears feel that this piece (Ludovico Einaudi - Stella del mattino) should be written in 6/8, not in 3/4. Am I wrong ? Should I care?
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Metronome Sound

This could be a weird question but I want to clarify something. When I'm learning rhythms and have a slow tempo my metronome will sound like this: BPM = 60 (--- represent silence) click------click-----...
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what is a "rhythmic gesture"?

Per Wikipedia, taken originally from Winold, 1975, chapter 3, among the general characteristics of music from the common practice period is "rhythmic gestures of a limited number of rhythmic ...
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Notation of staccato rhythm

I'm notating a line for bass and effectively want the 1st and 4th semiquaver of a beat played staccato. I've thought of four ways of notating this that I think would effectively sound the same if ...
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Count the Rhythm Of this

Can anyone tell me how to count the rhythm for this section? In the form 1 & which notes will be the upbeats and downbeats.
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Meaning of redundant tuplet

I sometimes see tuplets in written music that don't appear to serve any purpose, where the duration within the tuplet is the same as the duration the tuplet occupies as a whole. For example, I ...
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What instrument in a drum kit is played on the second and fourth beat of a song during a verse or pre-chorus?

I've tried to locate this particular sound in a drum kit, but I can't figure out what it's called. It's equivalent to hitting your drumsticks together on every second and fourth beat of a song during ...
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What is the strumming pattern of this guitar tab from "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence? [closed]

I'm trying to learn how to play "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence on guitar, and I'm following Christian Torres's cover on YouTube: Only problem is, I suck ...
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is there a certain word to describe these songs?

i’ve noticed in some songs there will be a part where it sounds like someone speaking from a old television, or just speaking in general and then the music starts playing again. here are some example ...
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Staccato crotchet or quaver and rest, or staccato quaver and rest [duplicate]

What is the difference in the execution of these 3 rhythmic notations? A crotchet with staccato, a quaver note followed by a quaver rest, and a quaver note with staccato followed by a quaver rest
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Why do snare players only have one drum?

In marching drum lines, like Blue Devils, it's common that there are some tenor drum players with 4-6 drums, but the snare players only have 1 drum. To me, that seems like a waste. Sure, more drums/...
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How to count this measure?

I am learning a piece and am new to sheet music. I am trying to count the beats, and need to some help in counting. It's in the time signature 4/4. For the second bar, how should I count it out? My ...
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The Actual Purpose of the Bottom Number in Time Signatures [duplicate]

I understand that 4/4 time signatures mean that there are 4 beats per measure, and that those beats are quarter notes. However this is the point where I get confused as I’ve listened to and have seen ...
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Accents (destabilizing rhythm) Justin Kauflin [closed]

In this video at 2:10 Justin Kauflin plays these accented chords and I really cannot figure out exactly what the rhythm is. Can anybody hear what he is doing?
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What time signature should I use with partial triplets?

Say I have six groupings of eighth note triplets, 18 total notes. I want to play 16 eighth note triplets, leave off the last two notes ("partial triplet"), and repeat the section. To my ear, ...
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Beams broken/unbroken with rests - meaning and usage

Shown in the circled parts of the image, are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest - a sixteenth note In one of them, the beam is broken at the rest,...
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How to represent beams broken with rests in lilypond

I'm trying to write the following in Lilypond notation: As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest -...
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How to annotate staff with beat numbers in Lilypond?

I would like to annotate a RhythmicStaff with Beat Numbers - as in the following picture: Perhaps, one could use the '_' character after a note to add numbers connected to a note at the beginning of ...
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Sextuplets in 6/8 time

I have a saxophone piece I have to learn that is in 6/8 time. It has 2 groups of sextuplets in each measure but they don’t have the 6 over them. How do I count this and how fast is it supposed to be.
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What's so special about the rhythm in Le Youth: Colour [closed]

I was struck by the unusual rhythm in this song that played in a Spotify playlist. A friend mentioned it as well and we couldn't figure out what was going on in terms of rhythmic pattern. I played the ...
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How to add quadruplets in Tuxguitar?

I am trying to add quadruplet notes in Tuxguitar, and while the sidebar has a button that adds triplets, quintuplets, etc., it doesn't seem to have the option to add quadruplets. Is it possible to add ...
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Which came first: the dot or the tie?

In considering the question of the benefits of dots versus ties for extending note values, I got to wondering about the origins of those two notations. Did one emerge before the other? For what ...
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In music notation, what would be the duration of a one-beat note followed by an infinite number of dots? [closed]

Pretty sure the answer is two beats. Am I right? But that's a side issue, interesting though it is. What are the benefits of using dot notation to specify a note length over notating the note length ...
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How do I sing/count these notes?

What are the beats in the underlined notes? How can I count them?
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How can I notate this better in 12/8 time?

Can I write tied notes instead of half notes? tied dotted quarter + an eighth note? If not how can I write this better?
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Rewriting a measure in 6/8

How can I rewrite this? What I did wasn't right, so I was wondering if there was another way to rewrite it. It's in 6/8.
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When transposing songs from major key to minor key, should it be natural minor or harmonic minor?

I noticed that people can transpose songs from major key to minor key vice versa, but I'm wondering that should a major key be transposed to natural minor or harmonic minor? I'm confused
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How to calculate notes beats and properly draw notes beams?

I am fairly new to music theory and i find these 2 topics related but not explained in depth in...pretty much every resource i have found. How are beats normally calculated? I went through the ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

How to know if you are tremolo picking in time? Let's say you are going around 16th notes 160bpm and you are tremolo picking power chords. How do people actually know they went up and down 4 times in ...
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What style is this rhythm?

I would like to know what to call the rhythmic style of the pattern below. (The notation is my own, so it may not be exactly the way it should be written.) It has a Latin feel to it, but is also very ...
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Practical steps to "play in 2/4"?

Playing a sax piece written in 4/4 at 120 bpm I was told it would sound better in 2/4 sound smoother the "longer beat would sound better" and make it easier for me to up the tempo. But I ...
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