Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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Is 1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a timing notation commonly used and understood?

I've found "1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a" notation often used to describe ballroom step timing, but I've not found any authoritative source for it. It even looks like a recent invention for the ...
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How to play rapid 32nd notes

I've almost completed John Field's Nocturne in B♭ Major that I've worked with for around 3 weeks but I cant seem to get this passage done. I've intentionally skipped this part as I cannot figure ...
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Unifying/Formalizing the ideas of cross-rhythm, polyrhythm and hypermeter

I am interested in the notions of polyrhythm, cross-rhythm, and hypermeter, including acquiring more mathematically based concepts that can aid in quality music production. I have done extensive ...
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Practice timing and general drumming skills

6-7 years ago, I started learning how to drum. However, I was a kid, and whenever I played or even had a lesson, it basically just ended in my trying to learn to play whatever rhythms of whatever ...
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Why use cross notes in sheet music for hip hop tracks?

This is an excerpt from the sheet music for a song by Eminem. What do the cross notes mean, and what is their purpose? Why not use normal notes? (I see this frequently in hip-hop sheet music.)
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Proper way to count beats

In attempt to improve my crappy sense of rhythm, I've been reviewing how to count beats. However, I've been having some trouble, since rhythm divisions don't seem to translate "mathematically" into ...
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Rhythm non-standard notation

I have read this paragraph a couple of times, but I haven't really had a light bulb moment. My interpretation is that the upper example wants one to play In bar 1: four beats of ones own choosing ...
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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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How to correct a shifted beat on the bandstand?

Had a potential train wreck happen at a dance performance last weekend. The piece we were playing was 2/4 with the accented (strong) beat on 1 but with a lot of improvisation. It's a 5 piece band: ...
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History of triplets

I was wondering about triplets : when and where were they used for the first time in scores? More generally, when were triplets used significantly (i.e. not one single time on one particular score, ...
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Is there a catalog of different rhythms? [closed]

The melodies I've been writing have been good in terms of notes and chord progressions, but they lack interesting rhythms. Some examples of good rhythms that are interesting are DROELOE's Kintsugi ...
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Counting in 8 rather than 4/4

Why do modern dance schools sometimes count in eighths, as in 5 6 7 8 ? My question is really whether they are translating 4/4 into 8/8? Can a time signature be written 8 /8 ? 1 2 3 4 ...
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How to count 6/8

How do I count with metronome for 6/8 measure especially for this music? Thanks, Nader
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I am bored with a metronome, should I get a drum machine?

I'm a big fun of using a metronome while practicing, but after a while it just gets boring to hear all this solid ticking. When you play scales and stuff like that, it's ok, but when you are playing a ...
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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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BWV 825 Bach Partita: how do you play this Gigue?

coming from answering the question: How do I determine the time signature of a song? I ask you to give some answers for beginners: -how do you play the first bar? what time is this? 4/4? (we count ...
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What's the musical term for a repeated phrase with shifting emphasis?

For example, a riff/pattern that's three beats long played over 4/4 so that a different part of the phrase is emphasized on each repetition. This happens briefly in The Killers "Somebody told me", ...
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How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the ...
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How can I explain a hemiola to someone who knows nothing about music?

I'm trying to write it out/explain in words to someone but can't do it for the life of me.
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How can I learn rhythm? [duplicate]

I suck at playing guitar. I learn all the chords but never know how to play the music. Friends already tried to teach me talking 'listen to the music', 'listen to the drums', etc, but nothing never ...
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Tampura vs 4-4 Tabla Playing during Bansuri Practice

So far, I thought one should play Tampura when practicing Bansuri. The Tampura must be on Pa and on the same scale as the Bansuri. Now this video says we must use 4-4 Tabla (which, of course can be ...
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Configure 4-4 Tabla for Bansuri Practice

The video below (starting at 2:50) shows the Instructor turning on the 4-4 Tabla player. How did he configure the Tabla player? He's a wonderful Instructor, but rather vague on these points. In my ...
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how to line up these notes, the 4 over the 3 [duplicate]

I imagine the F and D would be played together but what about the others? (2 Cs and a B flat in the group of 4 and the A and C of the triplet).
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Is it wise to focus on putting odd beats on left when playing double bass drums?

I need to learn two double bass drum patterns: The first one is just repeated over and over again. The second repeats the first measure and then repeats the second measure. My question is about how ...
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What is a clear way to write a bar that has an extra beat?

If I have a simple 4/4 piece and at some point, for some reason, I delay the rhythm by 1 beat. How do I notate that particular irregularity on the staff? I think having a bar with 5/4 without writing ...
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What's this (flamenco?) rhythm called? (Tres Lagrimas)

This song by Guitarra Azul has a very distinctive rhythm that I have also heard in other songs. How is it called? Is it one of the classical flamenco rhythms?
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How can I switch up a four on the floor drum rhythm? [closed]

So I'm working on a song with a 4otF rhythm, but the beat gets rather boring after a while (it's a somewhat long song). I'm looking to switch up the drums but I'm not sure I know what pattern to use ...
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I am a singer who has problems with keeping rhythm and beat [duplicate]

I'm a singer, but I am getting anxious because of being rhythmically challenged. I've had vocal training, but none seemed to really know how to help me out in this respect. I'm fine with everything ...
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how long are triplets? [duplicate]

If I'm not wrong this should be a swing rhythm, but how long are the triplets actually to fit in the 4/4 beat? Do triplets have always a fixed length in the beat or does it depend on how you play them?...
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Kinetic Rhythm in Pop Music

This is something I've noticed that I don't hear anyone really talking about... Essentially it's the way that separate rhythmic elements of most pop songs interact in a kinetic way with one another. ...
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How to create rhythm parts on piano?

I am trying to self learn piano. I can play some melody (right hand), can play some chords (left hand) and can play some melody with chords (right + left) with right doing all the complex finger ...
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2/4 vs 4/4 time signature in Dixieland Jazz

I'm teaching on the IB Music Diploma Programme and am looking at an examiner's markscheme for a question about the Dixieland jazz piece "Tiger Rag" (similar to this version: ...
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Extra beats per measure on one staff [duplicate]

I'm new to stack exchange, so here goes... How is this possible: Some sheet music I'm trying to use, written in 6/4 time, is written for piano, and, of course, includes both treble and bass staffs. ...
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What time signature has 3 out of 8 beats accented?

It's been a very long time since I've done musical theory but I know this rhythm is quite common, especially in dance and even some punk/metal. So, some songs have 4 beats to a bar but it has 2 ...
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Meaning of fr and sub in Logic Pro X timestamp

Logic Pro X shows me this: 1 second, 15 fr and 56 sub? How do I convert that into seconds?
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Why is Bach's Cello Suite 1 written in 16th notes

I come from a blues/rock background and play some jazz too. Recently I started to learn Bach's cello suite 1 on bass guitar, and I am confused by the way I am supposed to feel the rhythm. If I were to ...
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Composition of Cowell's “rhythmic key changes”

I'm currently reading Henry Cowell's New Musical Resources and On page 98, Section 6,(TEMPO) in part 2 (RHYTHM), is a paragraph of for instances. Directly, I'm grappling with the SECOND FOR INSTANCE ....
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How to develop an internal intuition for note timings?

I have identified three main problems holding back my piano sight reading, and this is the last of them. Although I can play notes with the right timing by very slowly counting it out aloud ("1-2-3-4,...
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Way to improve the ability to keep rhythm

I can count: "1-and 2-and 3-and 4-and ...", I can tap "one-two-three, one-two-three, ..." But I find it difficult to actually play and count at the same time. And the more difficult part is, ...
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What Kind of Rhythm Is This? [closed]

I downloaded a latin / reggae / edm template for Logic Pro. I really like the beat, but I'm trying to understand it better. The creator didn't tell me anything about the key or time signature, only ...
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I am a singer who has problems with tempo

I'm a singer and I have a decent voice. But I'm getting really frustrated because I can't seem to get my timing right while singing during live performances. I have no problem singing along with a ...
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what can we do when we're struggling with rhythmic notation? [closed]

How can a music teacher help his pupils who have no rhythm feeling at all, who are not able to count or speak in a rhythmical way? How can we improve rhythm reading? Is there a helping method for ...
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How does an apparent 4/4 arise from 2 totally unrelated time signatures?

So I have been listening to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and I notice something that is unusual to me in his promenades. It has a 4/4 feel but it isn't written in 4/4 at all, instead it is ...
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What is the 'and' called in 4/4 time?

"1 and 2 and 3 and 4." If beats 1 and 3 are strong (aka on-beat) and 2 and 4 are weak (aka off-beat). What is the 'and' called? I'm wondering about the terminology.
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How to read and count this rhythm ?

http://www.sheetmusic1.com/winston/Thanksgiving.pdf In bar 7 how would I count and when would I play those first two notes in the treble clef, the E and B? Also why is there a treble clef placed in ...
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How to play this rhythm precisely?

Could someone please teach me how to play this rhythm? The Medium Swing, two eighth notes equal to quarter note and eighth note triplet.
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Guitar counting problem

I have a problem with counting. I can count well when there is something without the need of stopping like: 1 e and a / 2 e and a ... (I hit the note every word I say) but when there is something ...
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How do I improve my sense of rhythm? Off beats completely throw me off

I've been having trouble with rhythm and I was looking for help. The problem in interesting in that when I'm counting with a metronome I'm fine but the mental task of playing the instrument and doing ...
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Words to describe this Dance Music texture/effect

So we always have like in dance music 4/4 and like 4 kicks in one bar with two claps or snares on every second beat going and let's say I add some bassline that plays totally different rhythm/pulse (...
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How can I count 17 against 3 polyrhythm?

Somewhat related to my earlier question: Phrase to help count 3 groups of 17? How can I count a 17 against 3 polyrhythm (to help me play it)? Here's a little sound file I made of it in FL Studio ...