Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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How to finish the bar with rests

Can you help me check these two bars? Did I finish the bars correctly? Or I should not have these dotted eighth- note?
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What is the time signature? [closed]

Can someone say what is the correct time signature? I guess the first one (xi) is 3/4 and the second one (xii) is 4/4. Thanks in advance
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How to write a beat in a bar with 16th and 32nd notes?

I am trying to find the best way to write this bongo rhythm. I know bongo is usually written on two lines only, or even on one line sometimes, but my bongos are tuned to G so I just use normal music ...
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Using rhythmic solfege to count a dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm

I'm looking for a way to show the dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm using a system of rhythmic symbols. In standard notation, the rhythm looks like this: In French, it is easy to teach this rhythm ...
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Thoughts on Tuplets vs. Subdivision?

This was a point of interest brought up in the comments to my answer on Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression. In that question, the sheet music has a measure of 4/4 time written ...
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Stressing the third beat more than the first in 4/4: is it syncopation?

The definitions of syncopation I've come across generally talk about stressing the offbeat (see, for example, Wikipedia) where "offbeat" sometimes refers to placing the accent in between beats (on the ...
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Can Mozart's Lacrimosa Be Perceived As 3/4 Time

While this piece is 12/8 time I've noticed that it's possible to count 1&2&3&. Although it feels less flowing to me when I count in 3/4 like this, I was thinking that a student might find ...
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I am trying to learn Good Riddance by Green Day. Im not sure what BPM to play this at?

the sheet music I have says the BPM = 172 with a 4/4 time (which seems very fast for this song) but when i pull up sheet music online you see 94 bpm in one but 172 bpm in another...I have seen this in ...
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Comprehensive Music Font (text font) to generate musical symbols for use in word-processing software?

SOFTWARE USED IN PROJECT: Mac OSX Mojave 10.14.6, Libreoffice 6.2.5.2] QUESTION DESCRIPTION: Hi all, just wondering if anyone (looking at you, music teachers!) knows of a comprehensive font (free or ...
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Feeling a new rhythm subdivision, eg triplets

I am practicing triplets on guitar. I can play them at a decent speed accurately and I emphasis (alternating up/down strokes) the first of each set on the beat and can feel them internally up to a ...
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How to interpret this two voice timing? It looks like there are only three notes in 4/4 measure

I am trying to play a song with two voices and something is not adding up in the time signature. In the image below: in the first measure, I see a half note rest (circled in red in the upper left) ...
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Rhythm notation confusion

This is getting me really confused. This bar is 4/4 Look at the picture above, shouldn't "0" be beat 4? instead it gets to beat 4 at the red arrow. Why is that?
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A question about Gershwin interpretation

This is the start one of the famous trumpet tunes from An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Gershwin famously borrowed jazz styling and harmony within his compositions. But I wanted to ask about ...
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Difference Between L'istesso Tempo and Tempo Precedente?

In Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, he uses both L'istesso Tempo (same tempo) and Tempo Precedente (previous tempo) for different variations (see image of structure). What is the ...
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Using your “internal metronome” rather than the tap of a foot [closed]

I had a professor once tell me, in terms of playing the piano, that he would rather see me use my brain for a metronome, rather than my foot. I understand this, and when I'm just playing or recording ...
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Rhythm training : Metronome vs Recording

Is one of these two methods more fitting as an exercise to improve the overall sense of rhythm : Playing along a recording of a piece, or playing the piece just with a metronome ? What are the pros &...
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Strong and weak beats in 4/4 time, when the notes aren't quarter-notes

I'm a music noob just learning the theory and practice. I can read music well enough to enter the notes into a DAW or even play simple melodies on a keyboard but I'm still trying to understand ...
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How much is convention when it comes to time signatures?

I know that in 3/4 you group eights by two and in 6/8 you group them by three. My question is simply, is this simply a convention or could I derive this from the time signature itself somehow? Or is ...
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Notating using ties on a 4/4 music

I am required to notate a note that is played on the 'and' of 1 and ring for the remaining beats of a 4/4 measure. My choices is: I use a quaver rest followed by a quaver tied to a dotted minim in ...
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If there are examples of good music that break out of the “4 measures” mold? [closed]

Tool does a great job of stepping out of the 4/4 time signature, like in their 33/16 pneuma song. However, they still (for the most part) play 4 measures of this 33/16, or 8 or some multiple of 4. Why ...
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How do I count this rhythm I'm playing?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YDxs6vwSXQ6LcNns9 This is how I strum for the Beatles I Feel Fine How would you count this rhythm? Is it swung a bit? I'm trying to learn to count to get a better grasp on ...
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Rapping - Flow Control, Interacting with the beat

I'm have difficulty with my flow(s). My main problem is being able to consciously control where I place my syllables within the beat. I'm guessing I don't have enough practice with the timing of the ...
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Bar lines in wrong place after removing staff lines

I need to set a rhythm-only piece in lilypond without staff lines. The following almost works but it puts the bar lines in the wrong place. It thinks I'm in 4/4 when I set it to 3/4. \score { \new ...
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How to I represent 5 eighth-notes as one note?

In a bar of 5/4 there are: 4 sixteenth notes (1 beat), a dotted quarter note (1.5 beats) which leaves me with representing 2.5 beats as one note (not a half note tied to an eighth note or other tied ...
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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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Are the drum patterns in songs comprised of rudiments?

I've been trying to get some basic understanding of drumming. The first thing I came across is rudiments. Some have likened it to practicing scales for melodic instruments. But I was wondering if ...
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What are Upbeats and Downbeats in a 16 Step Sequencer?

I'm trying to figure out the terminology of upbeats and downbeats in regards to a step sequencer. In this image of a 16 step sequencer, each box represents 1/16 of a measure: Is it correct to say ...
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To what exactly does the Note Value refer?

I'm starting to learn Music Theory and I don't really understand time signatures. Let's say we have time sig 3/4, so one beat is 1/4, means one 1/4 note is a beat, or a 128th of a Minute at 128 BPM. ...
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Can we really detect the difference between a couple of BPMs?

My question relates to our capacity (trained or untrained) of detecting differences between two frequencies. In harmony, the analogue to our capacity of detecting the difference between two tones/...
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Two voices for a solo singer written in a sheet music

I was reading the score for Mozart’s insertion aria for his own opera Idomeneo “Non Temer Amato Bene”, K. 490. In it, Idomeneo’s son Idamante (scored for soprano; trouser role) expresses his undying ...
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Help with playing 32nd-note tuplets

I don't understand the tuplet and how it works. I know it is a quintuplet from the number five, but playing it with the metronome is frustrating, because i don't know how to tackle it. If someone can ...
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What are these numbers after “MM, Bowing and Rhythm”?

This Scales practice schedule from violin masterclass has numbers after MM, Bowing and Rhythm means. What do they mean?
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Resolution in rhythm

People talk a lot about harmonic function (such as harmonic resolution). I don't really understand it and I understand that there are debates about correct analyses, developments, crazes, etc, but ...
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how to write 32nd notes and rests [closed]

Hi can someone please tell me if I have written either of these correctly? If not please can someone correct me. Thank you! EDIT: In case the question was not clear to anybody let me rephrase: Can ...
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Does anybody know what is the timing of 'under the bridge' guitar intro riff? [closed]

Not sure how do I count the Under the bridge chord riff (starting with E major). I think I can play it right and I can feel the sort of the song and play but when I start to count I am not sure if I ...
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What is the name of the guitar accompaniment in this song?

I'm a beginner in guitar playing. I come across this type of accompaniment (specifically the rhythm on the right hand) frequently in songs and really like it but don't know what it's called to search ...
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Difference between Indian and English lyricism besides language?

Suppose we sing or rap about dark themes (depression, alcohol, drugs, violence, sex) similar to modern American music from 1970-present day in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Malayalam over Indian classical-...
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Does this technique that deals with syllable meters have a name?

On the poem extract below I noticed the following technique and it sounded really familiar, reminding me of punk rock songs and some strong man speeches (I know this is super vague, if I remember any ...
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Cheat sheet for music theory - where can I find it? [closed]

Is there a downloadable cheat sheet for music theory? (about basic terms and nomenclatura) Edit: ... as basic information for absolute beginners, like I gave to pupils of secondary school. Maybe for ...
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“Push” chords in a bossa nova

I am struggling to learn the bossa rhythm for the song Black Narcissus.My version of this song has a B flat 7 flat 5 chord in the “4 and “ position of bar one. This chord repeats in the first two ...
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You are the sunshine of my life: how is this off-beat singing called?

Stevie Wonder sings in a typical style I‘d like to know the english term. I wonder as I wander through Stevie Wonders style. What is this style called? Just syncopated? And when came this style up? (...
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How long is a beat in seconds?

I wanna make a Minecraft noteblock song, and don't know how long a beat is in seconds (4/4). I know that 10 redstone ticks are in one second. I can use repeaters as rests, but I need to set the delay ...
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Dotted Rhythm in Dance

The Wikipedia article on Beethoven's 7th symphony talks about how "the work as a whole is known for its use of rhythmic devices suggestive of a dance, such as dotted rhythm" and "[the Vivace] is ...
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What is the rhythmic displacement I hear in the verse of Thriller?

I have long struggled to articulate why I always feel a sense of rhythmic surprise and unease when the verse of Thriller breaks in over the bassline vamp, roughly [0:50 - 1:06] in the song. If you ...
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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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Benefits of using a drum backing track when practicing? [duplicate]

I've been practicing my oud and using the following backing track. I'm wondering if anyone has been using a rhythmic/drum backing track and what benefits have you seen versus not using one? (Doesn't ...
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What are some good techniques (tips and tricks) to practice Melodic and Rhythmic dictation that isn't really basic? [closed]

I find that a lot of the techniques I use to practice melodic and rhythmic dictation are good but often stay at a really basic level. I want to get better at it but it's hard to stay focused when you ...
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How to stay on beat [duplicate]

I've been told my beats are off beat. How exactly do you stay on beat and how do you use the metronome to help you? I've been searching heaps but there's no videos or any sites that explain it ...
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what mathematical rules can we use to generate paradiddles? [closed]

What mathematical rules can we use to generate (single, double, triple) paradiddles? Perhaps even paradiddles with odd meters. thanks! k
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Is it best to use a tie when using 8th notes off the beat?

I am notating my bongos in 4/4 and if you look at the last two bars, they are almost the same. Can you please help me by telling me if the 3rd or 4th bar would be more correct? It seems silly using a ...

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