Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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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?

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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Is this a Waltz music?

I am starting to playing a piano and I am new to a aclassical dance. I was googling some Waltz songs, that I could play on a piano. I found Beuty and the Beast song, that was marked as a Waltz. But I ...
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How does one transcribe a fast rhythm from memory?

There is a song I know from childhood, and I'm in the process of transcribing it from memory. I can write down the pitches (I use numbered notation), and I can transcribe the rhythms except when the ...
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Does a song become sadder when transposed to a minor key from a major key? [duplicate]

I was looking at songs that had exciting rhythms, thick texture, and objectively happy harmony. I decided to transpose these songs into minor keys to see whenever or not the song would be sadder or ...
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Name of this rhythm? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this rhythm? I usually hear it used as a rhythmic cadence at the end of a metal song, usually at the end of a chorus. Seen it appear lots of times but have never been able to find ...
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How Do I Play and Understand the Note Structure in Jimbo's Lullaby, Debussy (Bar 9 Piano)

How Do I Play This Section of Jimbo's Lullaby (Piano)? Novice (Self Studying) Music Theory and Piano In the segment of the piece shown below (measures 9–13), which notes and dyads do I play on which ...
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Can you put one demisemiquaver rest inside a group of 4 demisemiquavers?

I did a picture with 2 examples so you guys can see what I mean. Please can you tell me if blue or red is better?
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playing boogie woogie triplets with 8th notes. timing

If the 8ths are swing, would not 2 8ths on the left hand be played at the exact time as triplets on the right hand?
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Original manuscripts of 16th century composers [closed]

TL;DR - Where can I find manuscripts by Renaissance composers? I'm studying 16th Century counterpoint and the shift in rhythmic notation from "longer" note values to "shorter" ...
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What is it called when a sequence of notes lands on a different beat every measure?

Meshuggah does this a lot, where they will have say a 5 note sequence in 4/4. It will look like this if each note is given a number: 1234|5123|4512|3451|2345|1..
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Rolled chords: how much flexibility in the rhythm?

Best way to illustrate this question is by example, looking at Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 6th symphony, movement 2. Compare 9:30 in: to the very start of: ...
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two hands playing different things - how do you feel or hear or pronounce it?

I'm playing djembe for 4 years, and now trying to play dun-duns. Basically, it's two sticks and two drums or a bell+drum for now. I'm trying to learn some rhythm in which the bell on the left hand and ...
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How do rhythm and melody compete and cooperate to define the horizontal space of music?

I have some conceptual trouble understanding the differences between rhythm and melody. I get that harmony is the vertical dimension of music (thinking in terms of sheet music or a piano roll view in ...
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What is the name of this rhythm? (embedded 4:3 polyrhythm)

What's the name of this rhythm? There's an embedded 4:3 polyrhythm, where the two voices will arrive together on beats 1 and 4 of each bar. It reminds me of a clave (2:3), but it's not.
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I'm a singer struggling with tempo and time

I'm a singer with a decent voice and technique, I also used to play the violin so I can read classical sheet music and sight-read pretty well. However, I've always struggled with counting. I have no ...
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What's it called when you play the same exact melody with a different rhythm?

As an example, here is the original iconic melodic phrase that's used throughout the Trails Sky games: https://youtube.com/embed/3GB-xej4GFc?start=66&end=85 But here in this next piece, the exact ...
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what difference beat value makes in time signature [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the intuition behind the time signature. My confusion is as below : My first confusion was why in general every metronome beat is considered a quarter beat, but what I ...
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Is there a name for this simple drum pattern/fill?

I had meant to ask this question for some time. This question triggered the thought to ask. I am a drummer of many decades. I feel I am competent, but have never bothered to learn how to read. And ...
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Electronic music and layering of rhythms

A very common (indeed ubiquitous) technique in electronic music involves the layering of loops of different lengths on top of each other. Consider the following DnB track: https://www.beatport.com/...
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Is there a name for this famous “memeish” rhythm?

I wonder if there’s a name for the famous rhythm heard many times around the web. I’d like to know its origins but I can’t google it without a name. I wrote it down but I can’t describe anyway ...
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Is accentuation of the off-beat in most pop and rock also used for the voice/lead instrument?

Time ago I learned about the backbeat used in most present-day pieces of popular styles such as pop and rock, and indeed it was quite obvious to me it's used for the accompaniment instruments (mostly ...
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How would you describe this not-quite-a-triplet rhythm? [duplicate]

Sounds like a triplet but not quite since it's not all even. Is there a name for this?
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"Nothing Else Matters" measure contains too many notes for 6/8 time signature

How is this a 6/8? The notes can’t fit The measure comes from Metallica "Nothing Else Matters" guitar solo.
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How to play this in 6/8 [duplicate]

I saw this notation written in 6/8. What I don’t get is how the last two notes can be dotted as they are already 1/8 notes
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Fracanapa tango meter and how to write it

This is the first measure of the accordion part of Fracanapa, a Tango from Astor Piazzolla (you can easily find it on YouTube). In the first 19 measures the meter of the accordion part is 3,3,2 and ...
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What does 'fingered' mean with regard to accompaniment on an electronic keyboard?

I have those strange buttons in my keyboard so I was wondering what are they for ? When I press on one of them, the leftmost notes output weird sounds whenever I play them I can't understand ??

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