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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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Do notes duration change depending on the time signature?

Is a Whole note always 4 beats? Why is a dotted quarter 1.5 beats in common time but 1 beat in 6/8 time? how many beats is a quarter note in 6/8 time? I'm really confused.
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right way to notate?

I'm notating a 3/4 time the music is slow. I have two notes, how do I write it two dotted quarter notes (a quarter plus a eighth) or two quarter notes with a bracket with a two on top. (The same way ...
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How are skip beats decided in Red River fiddling?

As I understand in Red River fiddling, the distinguishing feature of that style (as well as the more obscure James Bay and Athapaskan fiddling styles) is the skip beat. That means a whole beat is ...
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Why are 16th notes in groups of 3 not adding up to 4/4?

So whats up with the last measure? It seems that the last two notes are too much. There are already 4 times 4 1/16 notes? It's a piece from Bach; BWV 597
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Notes don't add up to time signature

I'm a complete noob when it comes to sheet music and I have a (probably) very stupid question regarding this: The way I see it, the notes and pause don't add upp to 4 beats? First a dotted quarter, 3/...
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Writing to 4/4 midi grid with triplets for drums

I'm trying to write the following to a MIDI grid and unsure exactly how it should be written. Any help would be great. This is how i have the grid so far. 1/32 Quantize T = Tom (Aka LT) K = Kick (...
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Music Composition: Which rhythm is easier to read?

I'm not sure which one is best to sight-read. I would prefer the second measure because there are fewer notes to read, but I know that you can see where the beat lands on measure one.
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Why is Bonse Aba beamed the way it is?

Bonse Aba — a Zambian children's song — is written in 2/4. However, the beaming, as shown in this link, does not appear to reflect the quarter note main beats. Instead, it starts beams on beat 1 and ...
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How to count odd tuplets?

When I first learned how to play music I learned how to play the drums, and thus rhythm was the first thing I knew about music. I still feel like it was best to learn rhythm before pitch, melody, ...
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What is the difference between syncopation and poly-rhythm?

My understand is that syncopation works in the same time signature, but polyrhythm introduces a new time signature. For example: Syncopation would be when a piece is in 4/4 and the lead soloist ...
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French counting system

I have learned part of the French counting system (crotchet=Ta, crotchet rest=Sa etc.). Where can I find the rest of the system? I've spent hours searching and have found more questions than answers.
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Identify this Latin rhythm

Several styles of Latin music, such as son, rumba, and bossa nova, have particular rhythm or "clave" patterns associated with them. Is there a style that uses this rhythm? (or) Most of the patterns ...
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What is the time signature of this piano rhythm? [closed]

I've attached a photo. I know the notation isn't correct on the treble clef and I'm really sorry for that. I just need to know the characteristics of this rhythm and whether 4/4 is a suitable time ...
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How to read flatted notes where music sheet's keysignature is flatted as well

This is my first question here. I'm a self-taught piano player and playing the piano since 7. I taught myself how to read notes and listened to many mp3s just to get the tempo and beat right for ...
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How to count in a dotted eighth?

I am a guitarist and often for various genres the dotted eighth delay effect is needed. I don't have subdivison functions on a delay pedal of mine, therefore I can only tap in crochets that are ...
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Practicing rhythm with clapping and singing

I was wondering how to go about practicing different rhythms like latin or african or even odd time meter ones. I think just listening to that kind of music (suggestions are more than welcome) and ...
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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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Grouping Syncopated Notes

How would I group the following: |qqqsq.qqsq.qqsq.qz| Where q=quaver, s=semiquaver, z=quarter rest, .=dot. Assume 4 q to the beat. By "group" I mean, join together the beams. I know one should ...
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Alternative or more advanced methods for counting rhythms

A standard way to count rhythm across bars is to pick a count for the beats in a bar and then use the first beat as the bar count. So in 4/4, counting quarter notes, one counts: One Two Three Four | ...
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How are very long tuplets in Romantic music played in practice?

In Romantic music, especially for piano, one can often find oversized tuplets like this one: (the excerpt comes from the very beginning of the 3rd movement of Grieg's piano concerto) Are you really ...
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Difficulty on deciding when to use grace notes

Writing down exact lengths this is what a piece of my melody (4/8) looks like: I assume this is a text book case of it being better to use a grace note like this: I'm having a bit of a hard time on ...
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Is it possible to play an exact rhythm?

I've been practicing sight-reading on the piano, and been recording myself while doing so. What I've noticed is, my rhythm is inexact: sometimes the note lands either after or behind the beat, ...
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Guitar improvisation tips on chord changes

I have a question which is bugging me for some time. Given I have a classic 12 bar blues in Am, what notes should be played during chord changes? In this particular case, we have A (chord 1), D (...
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How to improve rhythm timing on off beat rhythms

I am practicing Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions for a long time, but I mess up on the timing in one or the other place. In that song, the snare comes at 3rd beat (or 7th if you count 8). And ...
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How do 'meter' and 'rhythm' affect the choice of 'Polymeter' and 'Polyrhythm'?

I use chevrons (⟨⟩) to denote the concept behind the word. [ Source :] Meter is the rhythmic structure of the music. For example, a piece of music could be in 4/4 meter, which is a strong-weak-...
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Score with snare on 3rd beat or on 2nd and 4th beats half speed

I was making a 4/4 score for a bassist and it had 170 bpm with kick on first beat and snare on 3rd, he said he was used to having the snare on 2nd and 4th with half the bpm. That was news to me, is ...
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Do you always count?

There are several very helpful threads dealing with counting, but none of them answer my rather dumb question: do musicians always count? By which I mean are they always saying or thinking 1~&~2~&...
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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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How would this rhythm be written out on a music staff? [closed]

I need to put a rhythm in one of my songs but I can't for the life of me figure out how to put it on music. Here is me tapping the rhythm, if you could please add some notation for this rhythm that ...
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What is the most player-friendly way to write a note played through an entire bar of 13/8 time?

A dotted whole note tied to an 8th note works efficiently, but it looks kind of weird and doesn't convey the feel of the music. In this instance, the 13/8 is comprised of 3+3+2+2+3, so I tried a ...
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Is there an “algorithm” for the time duration of a repeating rhythm?

Is there a way to determine the amount of additional rest time required after a rhythmic figure in order to ensure that the entire phrase loops seamlessly within a defined time signature? I want to ...
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How do I explain timing to a friend who doesn`t think it is important?

I have a friend who plays guitar and sings. Sometimes I accompany him on violin and sing harmony. We have an ongoing argument about timing. He kind of leaves longer gaps between phrases than the ...
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What's the Piano Term For This Type Of Rhythmic Playing?

What would be the category that this type of playing falls under? I don't think it's called arpeggiation because that would be a single note at a time, as far as I know. Any ideas?
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What does a “3” next to a note mean? [duplicate]

I have no idea what the "3" next to a quarter note means, thanks.
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What is the clearest way to notate this rhythm?

What would be the clearest way to notate this rhythm? There are multiple ways to represent this; should I clearly represent the beat or use the least amount of rhythm notes as possible? Is this ...
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Is there underlying beat when none is heard in piece of music or song?

Many a times I find that there are longer pauses in the song. Either in the lead music or in the vocals and at places where there’s no underlying beat in the music. A song may start with a few lines ...
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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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Is rhythmic notes upstrokes and downstrokes changes depending on what sound or feel we want?

I don't know the title is correct for my desire question or not tho I will try to explain as much best to make my question understandable. As we all know there are so many rhythmic note which work ...
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How to count a note which has 6 on above it?

It's on 2/4 meter. I know we all are much familiar with 3 on top of any note which is a triplet. Here I'm confuse today: What is 6? Please describe to me what the 6 is about and how to count those red ...
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Feeling the beat in the wrong place

This question is related to Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat, but essentially different. I have been playing the drums for quite a long time. When I started drumming I practiced ...
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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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Drum Programming and Tempo/BPM

I have a song that I am making in 88 bpm. I want to add the bass to sound like a heartbeat at 44bpm to simulate a slow, meditative feel. However, I am having trouble deciding where I should place the ...
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Am I counting the beat on my 4/4 meter correctly or not?

I got a rhythm pattern in 4/4 time signature where I'm little confuse with the rest notes while counting. I have made my count as below given picture where you can see count are made in red text. I ...
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How can I say that a chord lasts for a period of time related to the rhythm of a song?

Suppose there are 2 chords within a measure of 4 beats. The first chord sounds from the first beat of the measure until the middle (or first half part) of the second beat. The other chord starts to ...
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Rests and rhythm

Suppose I have a 9/8 time signature and I need to a put a rest somewhere which is worth a dotted crotchet (quarter note). Do I write a crochet (quarter note) rest with a dot or do I write a crochet (...
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How do I find a rhythm that goes under a melodic line?

I have to accompany a singer on guitar for a wedding and I am having trouble finding a good rhythmic pattern that fit nicely under the melody. What should I pay attention to regarding the melodic line ...
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Compositions or songs without repeating patterns [closed]

A friend of mine is trying some experimental music in a non-classical genre where he does not repeat any rhythmic patterns over a set number of notes. The effect is a type of sound where it is ...
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What are the seminal texts on rhythm?

By seminal I mean books like Rameau's Treatise on Harmony, Fux's Study of Counterpoint, or a more modern text like Piston's Harmony. I have scanned translations of treatises by Riepel and Koch. They ...
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How can I recognize a rhythmic figure by pressing any key on keyboard

Have you got any suggestions about software that can recognize a rhythmic figure after I tapped it on a keyboard? If Logic Pro X can do it, that would be PERFECT. I mean after I tapped on spacebar or ...
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What are the important beats in a measure and how do they affect music?

In a 4/4 situation, how does "importance" work in beats? I read somewhere that rock puts emphasis on certain beats and jazz puts emphasis on other ones. Also, when we have an important beat, how does ...