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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's the difference between pulse and beat?

Is there a difference between pulse and beat ,I've done my research, and some resources says they're the same, others says they're not,so which assumption is more acceptable? -From what I've learned, ...
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Confusing rhythms/tuplets in Le Sacre du Printemps?

I've been studying Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, a wonderful piece known for being quite strange. Of course, there are numerous usages of tuplets, and they confuse me greatly, so I'm not ...
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What is this “┌3┐” notation called? What is the count? [duplicate]

I am trying to help my wife work out the naming of this notation. Its from the Doctor Who theme and is accompanied after some triplets for the trumpets Measure is 4 beats, what is the count?
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Same Full bar rest in any time signature?

Can you use the full bar rest for any time signature. If you can't, which rest would you use to cover a whole bar with a time signature of 9/4?
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Rhythmic Analysis in a neo-Riemannian Manner

I was looking at the differences between neo-Riemannian (interrelational) and Schenkerian (hyper-tonal) analysis, which are nearly diametrically opposed, and it occurred to me that every rhythmic ...
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How are varying degrees of accent notated?

Most music notation give very binary accents for beats (either there or not), but there are many "degrees" of accenting a beat. One bar of 4 4 time, "one two three four", is equivalent to two bars of ...
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Compose Melody/Riffs in 4/4 Time

I'm not that bad at playing guitar and sometimes I come up with useable ideas, but most of the time as soon as I pick up the guitar and have nothing to lock on I start improvising melodies/licks/riffs ...
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Mental strategies to stay in time when improvising?

Here is a problem I encounter: Sometimes I want to play music with people. We choose some chord progressions or Jazz tune to keep us together. I can keep this structure if I am playing a simple ...
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Strumming all string but just one note. Something like Jimi Hendrix did

Sometime ago I found a video on Youtube showing that strumming all strings but playing just one makes the improvisation/the rhythm a lot more 'richer'. Now I see how amazing it's and I want to train, ...
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Beams in classical vocal music

I had a look at different operas and songs with piano accompaniment. I noticed that one often does not connect beams that one usually would in instrumental music (such as four sixteenth notes in 4/4), ...
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How should I distinguish between syncopation or un-metrical rhythm?

Below are some two-part rhythmic frameworks I made up. I'm not notating pitches on staff, because I just want to focus on rhythm and meter, but I put some chord symbols in the 'bass' part to set a ...
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Help getting rhythm from head to staff

I've recently been composing more directly with MuseScore as opposed to on my guitar and memory via repetition. This, however, is more tricky rhythm-wise, perhaps since I've never been a score reader ...
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Strong and weak beats in subdivisions

I am aware of the basic classification of metre i.e.: -4/4 strong weak strong weak -3/4 S W W - 6/8 S W W S(at least in comparison) W W However, I am not quite sure what happens with this division ...
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Why are time signatures not used in this score?

I was looking at this hand-written short score (to be completed by other arrangers): The only thing that strikes me about it (maybe there should be others) is there is no written time signature. Why? ...
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Why is an Offbeat not perceived as Onbeat?

Consider the percussion plays an Offbeat like 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 I wonder why it is so hard to interpret it as Onbeat, i.e. counting it like _ 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 I thought it might be because of the melody (...
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How do I describe the rhythm in these songs?

Pop music, and especially house, seems to be enamored of this beat on top of the "4 on the floor" and the closest I can get to a description of it is "tropical" which is unsatisfactory. I'm looking ...
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name for two quavers = one crotchet, one quaver, as a triplet

Excuse me if this has been asked before, but what is the notation called when after the timing there is: two quavers = one crotchet, one quaver, as a triplet An example is on this music
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What does “H.=H” mean?

I came across this writing in a ukulele tab. I assume H means half and E means eighth, but what could the "H.=H" mean? H.=H Q Q. E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-7---5----10-|-...
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When to start signaling a change in pop music?

As a songwriter I often write songs that uses more than one motif. Without the change to the other motif the song would either be too short or sink into boredom. Most theories I have read were about ...
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Ornament Symbol for Triplet

I am writing a piece of music that has a lot of triplets used as ornaments. Is there a symbol like this: that will be played as as a triplet on the note? Example: note is G. With symbol over it, ...
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Time Signature in Bruno Mars's 24k Magic Breakdown

How do I notate the time signature in the Breakdown of Bruno Mars's 24K Magic (Around 2:40). It is an 8-bar breakdown. At first I thought that 4/4 would be suitable. However, it seems very unnatural ...
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Is there something wrong with my recording, I guess the timing sounds strange but I cannot tell exactly whats wrong

Today I played guitar to a backing track, it is the song Drive by Incubus. When I listen to it something sounds strange, but I cannot tell. Might it be out of time? Here is a link to my recording, ...
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Where is “one”? How do you keep track?

I recently watched a YouTube excerpt of Jack Feierman's master class in which he alludes to techniques that can be developed to know where "one" is. He has a click ...
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Strategies for improving timing [duplicate]

Good day, wise musical people, I am a late starter to music but one of the things I am struggling with is keeping proper time in my music. I can sing along to songs on the radio and generally keep ...
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Why notate this song with 2/4 and not 4/4

In this tablature of the song I don't want to miss a thing it is notated with 2/4 time signature, but as one quarternote is 60bpm the way it is notated, essentially in eighth notes, it is like a ...
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What does this rhythm notation after the tempo mean?

After the tempo there are eighth notes that are equal to a quarter note and an eighth note with a '3' on top. What does that mean?
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Compound time to simple time

What does a crotchet in 9/8 time turn into when converted into 3/4 time? Also, what does a quaver turn into when converted from 9/8 time to 3/4 time?
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Too many notes in this measure [duplicate]

It seems there are too many notes in the treble clef below. The time signature is 4/4 yet there it starts with a quarter rest, then a dotted quarter, then 6 eighth notes. This adds up to more than ...
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What's the correct way to practice complex/syncopated rhythms?

I'm trying to practice a few songs on guitar, but am having a hard time mastering syncopated rhythms, unless the rhythm is relatively short or repeated. For example, the song "With Our Friend[s] ...
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How to notate a change to triplet feel part-way through a song?

I'm trying to notate a song which starts out in 4/4 time (with two 8th notes per beat) and changes to a triplet feel (with three 8th notes per beat and four beats in a bar) part-way through the song. ...
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What voltage/amperage is a recording interface (a pre-amp) expecting?

If I were to generate tiny pulses of electricity and feed them directly into my interface (for the sake of some rhythmic analysis I'm doing), what wattage (volt/amps) should I limit them to to avoid ...
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Would a tiny pulse of electricity sent through electric guitar strings affect the pickups enough to be heard?

For the sake of the rhythmic analysis I'm doing, I had the idea to solder a wire to a metal pick, ground the strings and rig something up that sends data to a computer every time the pick touches a ...
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Playing Casio LK-100 in Auto-Play Mode without Rhythm & Accompaniment

Is it possible to set up a Casio LK-100 so it plays tunes automatically WITHOUT the rhythm, metronome, and accompaniments - only the musical notes? The user manual seems to be silent on this topic, ...
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Beat/Pulse Grouping

When talking about odd time signatures, people always talk about dividing the time signature into beat groupings, and those beat groupings are most prominently 2 and 3 (for example: 5/4 being 2+3 or 3+...
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Problems with Natural sense of rhythm. Ways to improve it

At the age of 9, I started singing in a choir and quickly discovered my passion for music. I had a great voice but I soon realised that I had no sense of rhythm. When I heard a song I wasn't even ...
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My foot gets tired quickly when I tap it for rhythm - what to do?

To keep playing in rhythm, I tap my right foot. However, it gets tired quickly (1 minute), and then I have to stop. I can continue playing without tapping, but tapping is important for me because I am ...
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How can I imagine original melodies, chords, and drum patterns

I've been producing for about a year now since November, granted it's been on and off. I can come up with a few things by improvising (although that hasn't been case lately). What I really want to ...
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Convenient notation for doubletime

I am trying to write drum sheet music and I'm not sure if using the following notation, to indicate doubletime over this one is allowed. To me, the first one seems more convenient, especially when ...
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I delayed a chord progression on a song I'm writing by an eighth and it made it sound different but better? What have I done?

I've recently started learning and composing music. I was writing a simple melody and chord progression in 4/4 in some music software. It was just a basic 4 bar melody with 4 different chords one on ...
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Is this image the normal way to denote starting off the beat?

I thought I remembered when you're starting a note off the beat, you do something maybe with tied eighth notes, but I'm not sure. Is this image the standard way to write this?:
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What's the rhythm for 6/8?

Looking into 6/8 on the Internet, I've learnt that the beat is not 6 eighth/quaver notes but 2 dotted quarter/crotchet notes. So that's cool, but I've also read about beats in a measure being either ...
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Is the song I specified is 7/8? [closed]

I'm trying to understand what is the rhythm for this song?
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Is it Possible to Write Straight Eights in 12/8

I'm writing a piece in the time signature of 12/8, and I want a part of it to be in 4/4. I know I can just change the time signature, but I thought of something: If you can divide a beat into three (...
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Could anyone dumb down 6/8 time for me and also how to write it?

I am in a music theory class and this is my first time every expericening it and its hard no doubt. But the one thing that is just tripping me up the most is 6/8 time and how to write in it. I have ...
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What are these notes in an advanced violin piece?

I am rewriting this for two violins but am having a little trouble with the very first measure. They look like some weird sort of triplet. How do I enter the notes into a music editor? I've never ...
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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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Is this song in 7/8? [closed]

My entire life I have struggled much with rhythm. I am trying to learn to count in complex meter and just want to verify I am doing this right. I have here this song "Tocattina" by "Mouse on the Keys....
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How to play in time, for songwriters

How do songwriters make recordings that are in time? Here's what I've tried: 1) Recording with a metronome. OK, now my songs are in time, but are different (e.g. quantized/snapped to the beat ...
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Terminology - the & of 3

I found myself telling someone to accent "the & of 3". This just seems a really awkward way of wording it, but I don't know a better way. Beat 3 and half or the 6th 8th note sound even worse. Is ...
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How much time, in crotchet beats, does a crotchet triplet take up?

Please help me with my gcse music homework!! Here is the question I've been given; How much time, in crotchet beats, does a crotchet triplet take up?