Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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How is the cha-cha counted?

I'm trying to understand the cha-cha, specifically to play and write music with that rhythm. In my research, I've come across two ways "the cha-cha" is taught: as a dance and as a musical rhythm. I'm ...
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Original manuscripts of 16th century composers [closed]

TL;DR - Where can I find manuscripts by Renaissance composers? I'm studying 16th Century counterpoint and the shift in rhythmic notation from "longer" note values to "shorter" ...
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What is it called when a sequence of notes lands on a different beat every measure?

Meshuggah does this a lot, where they will have say a 5 note sequence in 4/4. It will look like this if each note is given a number: 1234|5123|4512|3451|2345|1..
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Rolled chords: how much flexibility in the rhythm?

Best way to illustrate this question is by example, looking at Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 6th symphony, movement 2. Compare 9:30 in: to the very start of: ...
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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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Rhythm notation for lyrics?

Are there any good notations for rhythm in song lyrics? Usually when I'm writing lyrics with pen and paper, I underline emphasis, which works for rap, but probably misses a lot of nuance for sung ...
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two hands playing different things - how do you feel or hear or pronounce it?

I'm playing djembe for 4 years, and now trying to play dun-duns. Basically, it's two sticks and two drums or a bell+drum for now. I'm trying to learn some rhythm in which the bell on the left hand and ...
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What is a correct sequence of notes in Chopin Prelude in F# Minor, Op. 28 No. 8, played slowly, both hands?

What is a correct sequence of notes in Chopin's Prelude #8 when playing slowly? How should 32nds be played against a triplet of 16ths plus and 8th? It seems that there are no together played notes in ...
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Is the beaming of this score following a vocal practice or it is just outdated and obscuring the beat?

The source is c.1770... https://imslp.org/wiki/Scots_Songs_for_Voice_and_Harpsichord_(Bremner%2C_Robert) ...first book. I can see that the beaming matches the words of the vocal part. But it ...
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How do rhythm and melody compete and cooperate to define the horizontal space of music?

I have some conceptual trouble understanding the differences between rhythm and melody. I get that harmony is the vertical dimension of music (thinking in terms of sheet music or a piano roll view in ...
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I'm a singer struggling with tempo and time

I'm a singer with a decent voice and technique, I also used to play the violin so I can read classical sheet music and sight-read pretty well. However, I've always struggled with counting. I have no ...
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Electronic music and layering of rhythms

A very common (indeed ubiquitous) technique in electronic music involves the layering of loops of different lengths on top of each other. Consider the following DnB track: https://www.beatport.com/...
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What is the name of this rhythm? (embedded 4:3 polyrhythm)

What's the name of this rhythm? There's an embedded 4:3 polyrhythm, where the two voices will arrive together on beats 1 and 4 of each bar. It reminds me of a clave (2:3), but it's not.
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Just how specific is the term “hemiola”?

In Name and structure of staggering beat in Ramones' “Merry Christmas,” the rhythm in the second measure of the following example is described as a hemiola: But to me, these are just triplets and not ...
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Difficulty singing along to a beat

I can sing very well, but the problem I have is that I can't sing along with a beat. I am either too fast or too slow, what can I do please?
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What's it called when you play the same exact melody with a different rhythm?

As an example, here is the original iconic melodic phrase that's used throughout the Trails Sky games: https://youtube.com/embed/3GB-xej4GFc?start=66&end=85 But here in this next piece, the exact ...
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what difference beat value makes in time signature [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the intuition behind the time signature. My confusion is as below : My first confusion was why in general every metronome beat is considered a quarter beat, but what I ...
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Is there a name for this simple drum pattern/fill?

I had meant to ask this question for some time. This question triggered the thought to ask. I am a drummer of many decades. I feel I am competent, but have never bothered to learn how to read. And ...
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Is there a name for this famous “memeish” rhythm?

I wonder if there’s a name for the famous rhythm heard many times around the web. I’d like to know its origins but I can’t google it without a name. I wrote it down but I can’t describe anyway ...
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Is accentuation of the off-beat in most pop and rock also used for the voice/lead instrument?

Time ago I learned about the backbeat used in most present-day pieces of popular styles such as pop and rock, and indeed it was quite obvious to me it's used for the accompaniment instruments (mostly ...
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Can music be arrhythmic?

The question is in the subject. Can music be arrhythmic(metrically) by the meaning of classical music theory?
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I am trying to learn Good Riddance by Green Day. Im not sure what BPM to play this at?

the sheet music I have says the BPM = 172 with a 4/4 time (which seems very fast for this song) but when i pull up sheet music online you see 94 bpm in one but 172 bpm in another...I have seen this in ...
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How do you count the 1st 4 bars of Beethoven's Pathétique, Op. 13, 1st movement?

There are two counting problems in the opening of Beethoven's Pathétique, Op. 13, 1st movement. How do the subdivisions of the beat work here? The tempo is very slow, so it can be hard to keep a ...
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How would you describe this not-quite-a-triplet rhythm? [duplicate]

Sounds like a triplet but not quite since it's not all even. Is there a name for this?
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“Nothing Else Matters” measure contains too many notes for 6/8 time signature

How is this a 6/8? The notes can’t fit The measure comes from Metallica "Nothing Else Matters" guitar solo.
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How to play this in 6/8 [duplicate]

I saw this notation written in 6/8. What I don’t get is how the last two notes can be dotted as they are already 1/8 notes
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Fracanapa tango meter and how to write it

This is the first measure of the accordion part of Fracanapa, a Tango from Astor Piazzolla (you can easily find it on YouTube). In the first 19 measures the meter of the accordion part is 3,3,2 and ...
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What does 'fingered' mean with regard to accompaniment on an electronic keyboard?

I have those strange buttons in my keyboard so I was wondering what are they for ? When I press on one of them, the leftmost notes output weird sounds whenever I play them I can't understand ??
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Rests in 10/16 time

I am confused about a solution to a question in my music theory exercise book. The answer is shown in an image below (the one in 10/16 time). From what I understand, the rests should fit into the ...
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Can someone tell me what this is?

So a couple of things: first is how, at the start of the measure, after the third note, like what beat is it? Is it 16, 8, ( triplet ) 16, 16, 16? And what is the line below the top measure?
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Using rhythmic solfege to count a dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm

I'm looking for a way to show the dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm using a system of rhythmic symbols. In standard notation, the rhythm looks like this: In French, it is easy to teach this rhythm ...
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How do i keep track of the rhythm and read the note at the same time? and reading both the treble and bass clef? [closed]

I have 2 beginner questions with sub questions for (sight) reading. The first question (this might be a rather dumb question), but i've been struggling with this for a while now. How do I count the ...
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Playing a steady beat consistently on drums

I've been self-learning to play drums over the last month and my metronome has been the most useful tool in helping me learn to play things that feel difficult to me. I managed to learn how to play ...
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Best techniques for hihat foot independence

I am self taught regarding drum set and have neglected training hihat foot independence. I can keep with a metronome alright so the sense of timing is not much of an issue, but when I try to open/...
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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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How do I know when the next note starts in sheet music?

I can't understand the note duration notation very well. In the image below, the highlighted A in the second measure seems to start half a beat between the first and the second beat. But shouldn't we ...
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What is the difference between a triplet and a dotted-quaver/dotted-quaver/quaver rhythm?

I am aware of how in theory these two are different, that the triplet are three notes with same length and the dotted-quaver/dotted-quaver/quaver have the third notes slightly shorter in tempo. But I ...
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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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App doesn't swing 8th and dotted quarter, but does swing dotted quarter + 8th

I've started to learn swing 8th rhythm and I think I understand the idea when it comes to pairs of 8th. But how to read the pairs of "dotted quarter + 8th". I'm using the app to insert and ...
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Making Sense of 5/4 Time Signature

I'm doing a composition with time signatures that alternate between 3/4 and 2/4. At first, the meter is a steady 2/4, before suddenly switching to 3/4. From that point on, the piece alternates between ...
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Are there examples of explicitly-notated, precise, nontrivial polytempo before Ives and Nancarrow?

Polytempo refers to the simultaneous use of two or more distinct tempi in a piece of music. Polyrhythm can be viewed as a special case of polytempo; any polyrhythm can be written as a temporary tempo ...
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How can I represent this quarter note triplet based section in a time signature, so I can have it sync with a metronome?

I have a song that starts with a time signature of 3/4 in 110 bpm. Then there's a quarter note triplet based section that goes like this: 123 123 123 123 123 1 | 123 123 123 123 123 1 | etc where 123 ...
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Help! How would you write this rhythm (audio linked below)? [closed]

The audio source can be found here. I'm interested in the section highlighted in blue. There is naturally some freedom in the artist's interpretation, but I would like to transcribe it in a relatively ...
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How “hard” to read is this rhythm? A rhythmic comparison

I've recently heard a rhythm that sounded like this It seems slightly tricky to play it perfectly, so I wonder if I could somehow improve this writing to make it more natural and "readable"....
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Name for this common rhythm in Latin music?

This rhythm is one or two set of triplets (maybe it can go up to 3 but I don't think I have heard 3 before) that I see appear fairly frequently in Latin music. Example is at 1:34 in María by Ricky ...
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Wagner Parsifal ouverture, non fitting rhythyms

(click to enlarge image) As a studying method I am making a reduction of Wagner's Parsifal ouverture. In bar 3, the rhythm does not fit. The quarter, dotted eight, sixteenth and half note take up a ...
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Why is alternating kick and snare so common in beats?

I've been messing with finger drumming with midi controllers, and one thing I've noticed time after time is how prevalent alternating kick/snare. Especially Kick on Beats 1 and 3, and Snare on Beats 2 ...
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How do you begin a 16th note triplet on the last third of an eighth note triplet?

My piece has a 16th note triplet motif. In the B section, the theme is slower and is based on eighth note triplets. I would like to begin the 16th triplet motif again on the last eighth note of an ...
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Music construction kit from some great mind

Quite some years ago in school, a teacher told us about a music construction kit. The kit is a set of cards. If you put some cards together, something musically / esthetically sound is the result. ...
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Swing rhythm vs straight rhythm

I am a beginner tap dancer and learning music. I don't understand the difference between swing rhythm and straight rhythm. Can someone elaborate the difference?

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