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Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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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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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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Which voice(tone)/style(rhythm) is used in this song? [on hold]

Here is a song played on an electronic keyboard. It's a dropbox link - it will ask you to login but you can skip that and play it. I want to identify which voice(tone)/style(rhythm) is being used in ...
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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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How to practice Saptak Rhythm in Bansuri using Tabla App

Here is video tutorial. I understand few minutes before video where Teacher shows slow, medium, fast rhythm of Saptak, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni SA, by clapping his ...
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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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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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I am a singer who has problems with keeping rhythm and beat

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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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 ...
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Rhythm/Drum exercises without drums

I am a 24 year old computer engineering student who just have started playing drums. I spend on avarage 1 hour on bus to school and 40-60 min on exercise like running, biking, etc every day. My point ...
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Phrase to help count 3 groups of 17?

I'm trying to learn to count 3 groups of 17. For example, for 2 groups of 11, I came up with: 1-ap-ple-a-day-keeps-the-doc-tor-a-way 2-ap-ple(s)-a-day-keep-the-doc-tor-a-way What's something ...
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How to avoid following the rhythm while soloing or improvising melodies?

I'm enjoying improvising melodies over simple chord progressions. I record a simple strumming pattern and bass line with my loop station and just play. However, no matter how creative I find my notes, ...
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Best sequence to learn about harmony, melody and rhythm? [closed]

I have basic knowledge about these but I want to learn in depth. So what could be the sequence to learn. Also tell where Form, and other elements will come.
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What are the Rudimental Rhythms?

In practical music exams, as well as performing prepared pieces there's also a section on scales and arpeggios. In the lower brass grades for example you might have to prepare two or three major ...
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What are the On and Off beats?

I'm very new to music theory and I've seen this taught two ways: The On beat is on every 1 and 3 beat while the Off beat is every 2 and 4 (in 4/4 time) The On beat is on every Strong/Secondary Strong ...
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Timing of this slap guitar piece, is it right or wrong?

Several comments for this video remark that it is not in time. What do they mean? I can count a 4/4 beat to her playing, and for me it seems fine. So can someone point to me what is not in time here? (...
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Kruger Andante - What am I missing on how to play this dotted half note?

I'm in the process of learning to play the Piano and have some trouble figuring out how the part highlighted below in gray is supposed to be played (that is a Flowplay screenshot of this song: As far ...
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Performance practice of Viennese Waltz

Occasionally, when I listen to an orchestra playing a Strauss waltz or something similar, I hear something interesting in the background rhythm of 'boom chik chik' in that the first 'chik' happens ...
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What can one do to understand time signatures?

I am struggling with the basics of Time Signatures. For one, I see it as more of a 'beat' signature. Notation is old, and time signatures are of an age where there was no clock, or way of keeping time ...
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What are the main drum elements used in beatmaking?

What are the main types of drum samples used to create a hiphop beat? I've narrowed it down to three: Kick Snare Hihat Are there any more? I think there's also an 808 but I think it's a type of kick....
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Where can I use 9th Chords in a chord progression?

In terms of a major scale, I heard that the I and IV chords can be maj7, the V chord is dom7 and the ii, iii, and vi chords can be min7. Would the same logic apply for 9th chords?
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Pause in song versus bar length

I want to do this kind of thing in my song: In one moment, before a chorus tension raises significantly, then I want to mute all the sounds for a moment just to hit the listener with the chorus in all ...
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How can I determine odd time signature when listening to music?

I try to understand odd time by listening to the underlying pulse and the duration of notes, but it doesn't always work when the rhythm gets complicated. What I mean is visualising the pulse as the ...
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Is this 4/4 or 6/8? [closed]

I never was much good at working this sort of thing out. Hopefully, a real musician can tell me. Thanks in advance. Please listen here.
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Is there a name for this sort of ambiguity with respect to the rhythm of a piece, and/or is this a recognized technique in composition?

If you listen to the first 40 seconds or so of Veridis Quo by Daft Punk, you'll probably feel like you have a pretty good idea of the beat of the song, each of the chords starting on the first beat of ...
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Good guitar to buy for blues style? [closed]

I love this sound, but don't want to buy a shovel :) I am an absolute newbie when it comes to music but I would like to purchase an electric guitar to practise some ...
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How do I read this note and count it out loud?

I am struggling with understanding this pretty easy song "Una Mattina" which has this note: Can someone explain me how do I count this out loud?
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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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What is the rhythm of this Herbie Hancock song, and why is it so weird?

I've always listened to a lot of jazz and heard some weird rhythms, but only this year did my high school offer music theory - and right now, we're learning about rhythm. All we've done so far is ...
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Rhythmic analysis examples by jack Perricone

My question refers to PERRICONE, Jack. Melody in songwriting: tools and techniques for writing hit songs. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000. In chapter 3 Jack Perricone elaborates on rhythm and ...
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What exactly is the act of playing behind the beat?

I am a guitarist trying to improve my rhythmic feel and have been told to play a little more behind the beat. This is in a studio setting. How should I approach this to be more consistant in playing ...
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How can I teach a student who seems to have no rhythm?

I've been teaching a highschool kid acoustic guitar lately and even though everything related to the left hand is progressing well, he is having major problems with his rhythm. To give you the full ...
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How to rewrite this rhythm from common time to 12/8 time?

How might one go about rewriting the following rhythm into a time signature of 12/8? I initially figured we could just notate each set of beamed eighth-notes with 4:6 above them to indicate that four ...
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Rewrite binary to shuffle

some years ago I made a pimped version of the christmas song "Tommorrow, Children, We´ll Rejoice" for my daughter (Cello). Now both of us made some progress in learning our instruments (I´m learning ...
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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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Intended shift of meter in certain songs?

In pop music, there are some songs that pretend to have the beat accent at a certain time in the intro but with percussion coming in, the beat (apparently) shifts the meter such that you have the ...
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Confusion about the rhythm I use

This might be a odd question but on guitar I have this lick where I would play 3 notes with the same distance to each other between the strokes and then I would play 4 notes slightly faster (with the ...