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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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How do I write this rhythm correctly?

I'm not that good in music theory. There is this rhythm I can't find the right way to notate. Logic Pro shows it like this: (if you need mp3. let me know). And this is the rhythm I play. Right hand ...
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Does a phylogeny of Afro-cuban rhythms exist?

I've recently been immersing myself in Afro-cuban rhythms. There are many similarities between them, and it struck me that it would be interesting to learn how they are related to each other with a ...
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How to count dotted eighth without subdividing the counting

My piano teacher is explaining how to count dotted eight notes followed by a 16th note. He says to count like this: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & (it is in 4/4 time). Since the dotted eight note ...
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Turning lyrics into melody

Ive currently been having great difficulty turning my lyrics and poems into a melody. i've considered aligning the accented syllables as well as the meter with accented beats but am still having ...
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Octave in a triplet? How would I do that?

I am learning the left hand of Blumenlied by Gustav Lange and I notice something very tricky in the left hand. An octave starting a triplet. Here is how I have been playing that rhythm in the F major ...
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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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transposing an open Bm chord with the capo on the 5th fret

What would the open Bm chord in G progression be when transposed with capo on the 5th fret?
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How do you write triplets into muse score?

How can I write the following into muse score?
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Sources of musical tension

I understand that harmonic tension occurs when you hang on a chord which "wants" to resolve, like a chord with a leading tone or certain dissonant intervals. Are there other sources of harmonic ...
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Can a time signature of a song be changed to a different time signature?

As an example, can you change a time signature from standard 4/4 time to waltz 3/4 and can you change a waltz to standard 4/4 time? Or more generally, can ANY time signature of a song be changed to ...
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Is Oom-pah and Boom-Chick the same thing?

In guitar travis picking style they talk about Boom-Chick alternating bass pattern, in piano and trumpets they talk about Oom-pah bass. Is it basically the same thing? I think they both talk about ...
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Counting duplets

I read about duplets in "Music Theory for Dummies" by Michael Pilhofer and it was introduced with the following graphic (not exactly the same - it should be interpreted as a rhythmic notation). The ...
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'A Minor' songs suitable for a beginner that include lead and rhytmn parts [closed]

I'm a relative beginner to the guitar, and I'm looking to learn a few songs to compliment what I'm learning with my guitar tutor at the moment. Right now we're working on House of the Rising Sun (in ...
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I was wondering about theory when it comes the rhythm and contour of melody lines [closed]

Like i was wondering if theres was any kind of way of making sense on how melody lines move or their rhythm. for examples are there rules when it comes to notes being held across bars.
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How to write 2 crotchet (quarter note) triplets when they don't start on the down beat?

I gave this question some thought but I may have worded it wrong so the best I can do is give an example. If you look in the second bar of the piece I am writing (below), there are three sets of ...
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How can you recognize whether a song is blues or jazz?

Guys I'm in the midst of studying jazz. And I'm so confused whether jazz is the same as blues, especially the rhythm parts If blues is using shuffle, then jazz is using swing? Then why sometimes blues ...
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Notation for fast notes across two measures

On one of the songs I'm writing, I have a few notes played on the end of one measure, finishing in the second one. Here it is: These three notes being played really fast, I don't want to use an ...
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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 Thanks !
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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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When counting in, why do people often do it at two speeds? (1_2_1234)

Something simple that I've found curious: When people 'count in' a tune, to get all the players ready to start at the same time, I often hear them do it first at half-speed, then at full speed. e.g. ...
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How to clearly notate tuplets, both “simple” and “complex,” in irregular meters

(There's a bunch here, sorry. I've used bold text to outline the flow of the main content of the question.) Basically, I'm transcribing the rhythms of a song, mostly in a 6/4 & 4/4 feel, though ...
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Timing: Would listening to a metronome for hours on end help at all?

Adam Neely, my new favorite music Youtube person, suggests listening to a metronome for hours on end to improve your sense of rhythm/timing/tempo. If my goal is to ...
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Is there any way at all to tell if these measures are 6/4 vs. 3/2? [duplicate]

It's once again time for everyone's favorite game, "why is this wrong on my test?" This time, it's a "name that time signature" question that got marked wrong. In short, the only other answer that ...
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How might I transition from a sad sounding 4/4 time signature to a more upbeat 12/8? [closed]

i am currently writing a song, and I need to pass between a very sad sounding 4/4 time signature, to a 12/8 time signature, which is a more happy sounding time signature. I am not willing to change ...
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Rules For Notating Tuplets

The first line shows 3 ways to notate the same rhythm. The second line shows 2 ways to notate another rhythm. The third line shows 4 various tuplet rhythms. 1) Are these tuplets all notated ...
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Which one is better midi controller or midi keyboard

I am confused whether to buy a midi controller or a midi keyboard. I currently use Yamaha E323 arranger keyboard and want to upgrade to the latest type within a budget of maximum 60000 INR I am not ...
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Is there a minimum time like 1/4 second or 1/2 second , a pitch should stay? [duplicate]

If we have to create a computer software which produces different pitches of a musical instrument, then, according to musicians is there a minimum time (in seconds or milliseconds) sound of that pitch ...
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Techniques to facilitate the process of marking which words are stressed/accented by beat

I'd like to provide context first: I'm currently pursuing a thesis project that uses a stylistic approach to rap music. I want to be able to prove that dividing rap bars by the (usually) four beats ...
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How to get reading dotted quarter notes natural?

I have difficulties with playing dotted quarter note followed by an eight note. I try my hardest, but I just can't get it right. Any tips on improving?
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Songs that move between 6/8 and 4/4?

I am trying to do this for something I've written (4/4 in verse, 6/8 in chorus) but it's difficult to get in and out of smoothly, so I'm wondering how other people have tackled this. For my song, if ...
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Rules of rhythm (especially in regards to Palestrina-like counterpoint)

I've read a bunch of books and websites on florid counterpoint in 2-4 parts, but it seems like, while there are tons of rules for deciding which tones are okay in which context, very little has been ...
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How should I conduct a double time tempo change?

I am working on a pop arrangement. It starts out in a simple 4/4 quarter note equals 90 and then a tempo change doubles it. Now it's eight notes = 90 and quarter = 180. Do I change the time signature ...
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Reinforcing meter when dealing with alternating 1/8 and 1/16 notes and rests

Below is an excerpt from a not very known piece (in 4/4 time) that prominently features abuses ornament notes: In an attempt to simplify the piece (which is full of similar ornamentation) while ...
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How is this possible in Bach's Goldberg Variations? [duplicate]

While reading through Bach's Goldberg Variations, I noticed that at least the first few bars seem to be mathematically impossible. How would one play the first few measures of the bass when there ...
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Is a whole note in seconds equal to 60 divided by BPM? [duplicate]

Say we have a BPM of 60. Does that mean each one of my whole notes is 1 second long? Because 60 beats per minute means I have 1 beat every second. (60/60 = 1) Or if I have a BPM of 120, then each one ...
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Is splitting the quarters into triplets syncopation?

Let's take the Amazing Grace song as example (3/4 rhythm): A - maz - z i n g Grace How Sweet the 3 1 2 3 3.5 1 2 3 1 2 3 ......
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Does vibrato’s or tremolo’s count as rhythm?

I noticed that the song "Somebody I Used to Know" used the wobbly guitar in the refrains. I was wondering if they used it for rhythm on the e’s of the beats ? What’...
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How do I explain a time signature switch from 2/2 to 4/2?

I am presently studying Nathaniel Dett's Chariot Jubilee, and the time signature switches from 2/2 to 4/2. What are some suggestions on how to approach explaining to singers.
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Is this small note played at the same time as the regular-sized note?

This is an excerpt from Unravel – Tokyo Ghoul, a solo piano piece. I'm wondering about this following section highlighted in the green circle: Is this note played at the same time as the regular ...
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Percussion Rhythm Help

Hey, so I need help counting the two measures underlined in red (43-44). I play the conga for this and I need help with counting the rhythm here. Thank you!
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Notation of note duration

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 'wavy' notes with beams confuses me. It's from Franz Liszt's 'La ...
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Hearing the time signature switch of a cover of the “Mission Impossible Theme”

The original 1966 score of "Mission impossible" was written entirely in 5/4 time (you can listen to it here). For the first movie staring Tom Cruise, the theme was rewritten by two U2 band members, ...
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What are these rhythms?

Can someone help me with this counting? im getting so confused. i need clarification from measure 66 to about 73. i dont understand how to count the groups of 5's and 6's together in 4/4 time.
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Guitar - Record exercise lick over metronome with iRig

I would like to record the licks I play while exercising over a metronome in order to improve my timing. I need a way to record both the lick and the metronome beats to see if I'm picking the note ...
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In the Hanon piano exercises, why is there a beam joining two groups of 16th notes?

The first measure of the Hanon exercises has a set of four 16th notes that make up a quarter note, and another set of 4 16th notes that make up another quarter note. This adds to 2 quarter notes for ...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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How to notate a tuplet with a non-tuplet at the same time on one staff?

I'm writing a violin quartet and am currently writing the melody of a solo part in the piece, and I stumbled upon a technical problem. So basically I want to write these two figures (The duplet and ...
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Five quarter notes in 4/4? [duplicate]

I want to know how to interpret this. I researched a bit but only read about multiple voices, which are obviously not present here. The whole piece is in 4/4, only this one measure contains 5 ...
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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 is the name of this drums “disco” rhythm/technique?

I can hear this drums beat in several songs, but could never find a tutorial about it because I don't know what it's called. Genesis - Abacab (listen to the drums at ...