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

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Why is ektaal called ektaal?

एकताल (iTrans: ek_taal) is among the common talas, or rhythmic cycles, used in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music. It is the equivalent in the Khayal style of the dhrupad tala चौेताल chautaal ...
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Notating small adjustments in rhythm

I'm trying to analyse/transcribe some rap music and one thing I've noticed in my listening is that occasionally in a given recording the syllables are shifted slightly off-rhythm for effect or some ...
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I want to fix my rhythm problems [duplicate]

Let me first tell you about myself - a 29 y.o that started playing guitar at 13 and went to a music school (2 years) and then to a music college (4 years). I am not a person that has "built-in&...
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Incubus - Stellar, where is "1"?

I was discussing this track with a fellow drummer. From the first verse, we get a typical backbeat, so it seems obvious where 1 is. But, he argued that the snare is actually on 1 and 3- If the snare ...
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Is the Bassline of "I Know It's Over" by The Smiths an Example of Swing Rhythm?

As a beginner in music theory, I'm still trying to get my head around some rhythm concepts. Is the bassline of "I Know It's Over" by The Smiths an example of swing rhythm? If not, how does ...
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How to determine the timing of multi-note appoggiaturas?

I know that appoggiaturas are played on the beat and that the appoggiatura takes half the time of the following note, except when followed by a dotted note. Then it usually takes two-thirds of the ...
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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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How to improve intuitive feeling for rhythm

I'm playing for around 10 years now and I'm definitely not a beginner. Still, my intuitive understanding of new rhythms is very poor. I can learn to play nearly every rhythm if I have enough time. ...
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Writing out this syncopated rhythm

I am a novice guitar player and wanted to make sure I wrote out this syncopated rhythm correctly on the guitar. It doesn't seem to correspond with the online lesson I am doing, so your feedback or ...
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Can you have more dots on a note than a triple dotted note?

Recently I've come across some double-dotted notes, and even some triple-dotted ones which seem a bit quirky to me, but who knows? For one dot, you add 1/2 of the note's length, so I suppose for two ...
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How is the cha-cha counted?

I'm trying to understand the cha-cha, specifically to play and write music with that rhythm. In my research, I've come across two ways "the cha-cha" is taught: as a dance and as a musical rhythm. I'm ...
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How precise should I expect to be with metronome?

As a beginner guitarist, I am always practicing with a metronome (for now 60 bpm). But, for the timing, I feel like sometimes I am going milliseconds ahead or back of the metronome. Especially when ...
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How Do I Correctly Count this Rhythm?

I'm studying a transcription for a guitar solo from a Steely Dan song called Your Gold Teeth II but there is a section that has me confused on how to count the rhythm. The Guitar solo starts at bar 86 ...
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Awful timing when recording multiple tracks

A few days ago I started recording a song (not mine, it is going to be a cover version) and when I first recorded a guitar intro (just four bars of fingerpicked chords) I was horrified by my timing. ...
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Why are there no notes called 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th etc?

I’m studying Time Signature and I understand that the top number indicates the amount of beats per measure and the bottom note indicates the note value of those beats. But it got me thinking about ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor Scales RH and LF correspondence, does one choice make more sense musically than another?

Take the longest scale (measure 56--in this previous discussion some alternatives were given but it does not address my question): The Henle edition I have (shown here) seems to group rather evenly (...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

I want to learn how to write music notation, but first I want to learn the rhythmic aspect of it so I’m only trying to work out rhythms on single staves. What are the key things I need to work on? ...
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How does 'meter' differ from 'rhythm' in music?

The following introductory books' definitions don't distinguish meter from rhythm. Please see the titled question. I asked this on Music Fans, but I still don't understand. Please expound more plainly?...
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Representation of a 5/16 note duration

How can I write on a pentagram (another word for the staff in my country) a note that is 5 x 1/16 notes length? If I use a dotted quarter note I get 6 x 1/16 length I can get away with a quarter note ...
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How to 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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Rhythm check on a couple measures in Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune

Looking for confirmation of my interpretation of the "6" indication in this snippet. It's in 4/4 time. I believe the first "6", on the third beat, means this is a triplet ...
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rhythmic stress double check please?

Lately I am reading Jack Perricone's Melody in Songwriting, and in it there is a chapter dedicated to 'rhythmic stress'. His opinion is that rhythm is a skeleton to a song, the most basic part, and I'...
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Messiaen's techniques of "Valeurs progressivement ralenties" and "Valeurs progressivement accélérées"

I was passively analyzing Olivier Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus and I came across the marking Valeurs progressivement ralenties (resp. Valeurs progressivement accélérées) accompanied by ...
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Can two songs share the same melodic notes but still have distinct melodies?

This may sound like quite an obvious question. Admittedly my knowledge of music theory is limited. I'm essentially wondering if two songs can use the exact same notes while still having original ...
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I'm blanking on a word regarding rhythmic interpretation (making 4/4 sound like 3/4 and vice versa)

I know it's not polyrhythm or anything along poly-whatever lines (I could be wrong, but nothing's ringing a bell) and the only results I'm getting are either like that or not related to my question to ...
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Second-to-last measure (m. 33) of Chopin Op 9 No 2

The second-to-last measure of Chopin's Op.9 No.2 has two voices(?). The very first double note (G-Eb2) on right hand, how do you tell which is that "other voice" and which one goes with the ...
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What are the most common kick-snare patterns?

Problem I use LilyPond to write notation for drums, and because the coding behind the typesetting is complex I've integrated the use of vim's "Ultisnips" plugin to help write out bits of ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 2 Measure 24 beats

(1) In my Henle Verlag edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, the third group of notes in Measure 24 has a single beam between the first 7 notes and the last 3 notes (see red arrow). Other editions ...
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What do these quarter notes without a stem represent?

I was playing a piece recently and came across this: What are these called, and are they any different from your typical quarter notes?
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How many beats are there in this hymn?

I'm looking to understand how to identify beats. As I understand it, there should be four beats per measure in this hymn, as established by the time signature which says four half notes. In the first ...
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If you write a song by doing the lyrics first isn’t that technically starting with time (rhythm) rather than with pitch? Is the term for it phrasing?

If you write a song by doing the lyrics first isn’t that technically starting with time (rhythm) rather than with pitch, and would the term for that be musical phrasing? E.g, if you write out a 4 ...
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Trouble Understanding Triplets

I have (as far as I know) a basic understanding in music theory. But one thing I never understood was triplets. Logically, to me, they make absolutely no sense. I know how to calculate the value: If ...
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Is a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? [duplicate]

I found conflicting information about this online. I am only familiar with 4/4, nothing else. So, I was wondering if a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? Or is it longer ...
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Triplets in 4/4 or 12/8 (with dotted quarter notes as beats)?

I am writing a piece in 4/4 which has triplets all the way. I insist it is not a "swing" feel, which I know how to notate (writing regular eight notes and adding the Swing decorator), but ...
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What are ways to emphasize a rhythm/time signatures without drums?

What are some ways a song without drums can indicate the rhythm/time signature through the melody or chord progression? It seems that when drums are involved, they play a certain beat over and over ...
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Notation of note duration [duplicate]

Is it correct that the first note here is a 64th while the others are 32th? Or is the first note just an 8th? This mixing of writing notes with flags and with beams confuses me. It's from Franz Liszt'...
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How can I acquire a better sense of rhythm?

I dance and my main problem is timing and what is called by dancers musicality, which means matching the steps to the music, essentially the praxis of rhythm. I was never musical as child and I do not ...
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Syncopation in Greensleeves?

Can anyone explain if there's syncopation in Ralph Vaughan Williams' (To sir with love version) of Fantasia on Greensleeves.
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is there a way to notate in a time signature a recurring triplet?

In The Beatles song “Ticket To Ride” the verses use a compound meter of 2/4 + ¼ note triplet. If put in a time signature would it look like this? 2 3 — + — 4 3 Is there a way to notate a triplet ...
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Why is 1/128th note's prefix "semihemidemisemi"?

I've searched throughout the Internet, and so far they only states the fact that 1/64th note is named "hemidemisemiquaver" and 1/128th note is "semihemidemisemiquaver", with no mention why the prefix ...
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What are ways to use permutations to explore harmonic progressions?

Permutations can be very useful for crafting varied and interesting rhythms. It is possible to explore rhythms using Pascal's triangle. Sounds and silences on two beats can be written in binary form: ...
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How long do you hold a fermata?

I am new to piano and just downloaded this book, it seems simple enough for a beginner like me but there is a symbol that I don't really understand, a fermata. Googling I see I am supposed to hold ...
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Are the terms time and rhythm interchangeable?

I’ve been reading a few books that are titled as if rhythm is a term that is interchangeable with time. I.e, I would have personally titled them something like the study of time in music or elements ...
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What do you call it when a song constantly adds prominent rests? (like the example given)

Check out the first 25 seconds of (Romance in the Night Sky [Touhou]). As is immediately obvious, it keeps hitting you with rests in a weird rhythm that completely ...
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Determining counts of semiquavers that are joined to quavers

I was given a 4/4 bar, and I'm trying to figure out what's the exact time at which to play the notes using these counts: 1-e-&-a-2-e-&-a-3-e-&-a-4-e-&-a My attempt is written in grey ...
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How do I play this rhythm? [duplicate]

I am trying to play the Largo from Vivaldi's Concerto for Flautino in C Major (RV 443), but I am not sure how to time this passage in measure 4: This piece is in 12/8 time, but the notes in this ...
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Counting off anacruses (pick up measures)

I'm in an informal and fluctuating ensemble that gets together every year to do some holiday songs. We don't have a formal leader, and we're all pretty inexperienced in playing with others. Sometime ...
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Counting in an anacrusis [duplicate]

We have a big band number (in 3/4 time), where the chart has the "1st" bar (an anacrusis) written as a one beat rest, for the drums to play a break there. Is it better to count in with 1-2, ...
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How to finish the bar with rests

Can you help me check these two bars? Did I finish these bars with rests correctly? Or haven't I handled these dotted eighth notes correctly?
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Were there any automatic timekeeping devices prior to the metronome used for setting and maintaining tempo (BPM) and pulse?

I know there's a decent amount of science that goes into creating a device that can set and maintain time, so this may be a very simple question with "no" being the answer, but I'm just ...

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