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

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Second-to-last measure (m. 33) of Chopin Op 9 No 2

The second-to-last measure of Chopin's Op.9 No.2 has two voices(?). The very first double note (G-Eb2) on right hand, how do you tell which is that "other voice" and which one goes with the ...
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What are the most common kick-snare patterns?

Problem I use LilyPond to write notation for drums, and because the coding behind the typesetting is complex I've integrated the use of vim's "Ultisnips" plugin to help write out bits of ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 2 Measure 24 beats

(1) In my Henle Verlag edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, the third group of notes in Measure 24 has a single beam between the first 7 notes and the last 3 notes (see red arrow). Other editions ...
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What do these quarter notes without a stem represent?

I was playing a piece recently and came across this: What are these called, and are they any different from your typical quarter notes?
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How many beats are there in this hymn?

I'm looking to understand how to identify beats. As I understand it, there should be four beats per measure in this hymn, as established by the time signature which says four half notes. In the first ...
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How to improve intuitive feeling for rhythm

I'm playing for around 10 years now and I'm definitely not a beginner. Still, my intuitive understanding of new rhythms is very poor. I can learn to play nearly every rhythm if I have enough time. ...
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If you write a song by doing the lyrics first isn’t that technically starting with time (rhythm) rather than with pitch? Is the term for it phrasing?

If you write a song by doing the lyrics first isn’t that technically starting with time (rhythm) rather than with pitch, and would the term for that be musical phrasing? E.g, if you write out a 4 ...
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Is a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? [duplicate]

I found conflicting information about this online. I am only familiar with 4/4, nothing else. So, I was wondering if a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? Or is it longer ...
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Syncopation in Greensleeves?

Can anyone explain if there's syncopation in Ralph Vaughan Williams' (To sir with love version) of Fantasia on Greensleeves.
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is there a way to notate in a time signature a recurring triplet?

In The Beatles song “Ticket To Ride” the verses use a compound meter of 2/4 + ¼ note triplet. If put in a time signature would it look like this? 2 3 — + — 4 3 Is there a way to notate a triplet ...
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What are ways to use permutations to explore harmonic progressions?

Permutations can be very useful for crafting varied and interesting rhythms. It is possible to explore rhythms using Pascal's triangle. Sounds and silences on two beats can be written in binary form: ...
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Are the terms time and rhythm interchangeable?

I’ve been reading a few books that are titled as if rhythm is a term that is interchangeable with time. I.e, I would have personally titled them something like the study of time in music or elements ...
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Determining counts of semiquavers that are joined to quavers

I was given a 4/4 bar, and I'm trying to figure out what's the exact time at which to play the notes using these counts: 1-e-&-a-2-e-&-a-3-e-&-a-4-e-&-a My attempt is written in grey ...
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How do I play this rhythm? [duplicate]

I am trying to play the Largo from Vivaldi's Concerto for Flautino in C Major (RV 443), but I am not sure how to time this passage in measure 4: This piece is in 12/8 time, but the notes in this ...
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What do you call it when a song constantly adds prominent rests? (like the example given)

Check out the first 25 seconds of (Romance in the Night Sky [Touhou]). As is immediately obvious, it keeps hitting you with rests in a weird rhythm that completely ...
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Were there any automatic timekeeping devices prior to the metronome used for setting and maintaining tempo (BPM) and pulse?

I know there's a decent amount of science that goes into creating a device that can set and maintain time, so this may be a very simple question with "no" being the answer, but I'm just ...
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Can two songs share the same melodic notes but still have distinct melodies?

This may sound like quite an obvious question. Admittedly my knowledge of music theory is limited. I'm essentially wondering if two songs can use the exact same notes while still having original ...
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Does rhythm create pitch? [closed]

You see, rhythm and pitch are exactly the same thing, only at very different speeds. https://dantepfer.com/blog/?p=277 Every pitch can be interpreted as a (very fast) rhythm, but the only rhythms ...
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BOSS RC-5. Rhythm. Problem with using in live performance

Recently I have become the happy owner of the BOSS RC-5 pedal. I intend to use it in live performance to play the recorded bass line and drum part. It is important for me that I can turn off and on ...
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Counting in an anacrusis [duplicate]

We have a big band number (in 3/4 time), where the chart has the "1st" bar (an anacrusis) written as a one beat rest, for the drums to play a break there. Is it better to count in with 1-2, ...
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What is this rhythm?

I think I've heard this rhythm before, what is it called? Where does it come from?
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Tab. timing inaccuracies [closed]

In a lot of tab. (for guitar/bass) there is no indication referring to timing. The numbers will obviously refer to string/fret for each note to be played, but when each note is played is somewhat ...
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What would the British name of a 1073741824th note be?

The wikipedia page for a 256th note (demisemihemidemisemiquaver) talks about a 1073741824th note. This note seems to only be supported by the LilyPond software. I'm guessing that since such a note is ...
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Syncopation and Dotted Rhythms

What is the difference between dotted rhythms and syncopated rhythms? Is there any difference?
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Guitar foot tapping goes haywire when I accent beats

I'm learning to tap my foot to the pulse but my foot does a jerk when I accent a beat while strumming. Is this okay or should I try to keep my foot as steady as possible and how can I do it?
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How can I identify a type of dance which goes with a specific music?

If I hear a certain piece of music, how can I identify an ideal dance for it? For example, I would like to assign this song to a dance but I do not know how. I am guessing Foxtrot? But that’s just a ...
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Lower voice in Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1 not adding up to 6/4 time signature

I wanted to learn Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1. In most cases, the note values add up to the time signature of 6/4. However, in measure 6 of the right hand part, I counted the note values of the lower ...
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What is the correct rest grouping in 6/4 time?

From an ABRSM test paper (G5) The last rest is incorrect according to the answer. However to me it divides the dotted minim beat into 2+1 for compound time and appears correct. What is wrong with it ...
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Dotted quarter or tied notes

I know in 4/4 you are supposed to clearly indicate beats 1 and 3 in the measure, but does this apply to beat 2 as well? I am transcribing a song on piano and don't know which version of this measure ...
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How should I count a quintuplet over an eighth note? [duplicate]

I'm in the process of learning Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, and in measure 49 and beyond there are several instances of quintuplets over eighth notes. For example: I'm not quite sure how to count ...
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Where do metrical accents come from?

I'm still trying to wrap my head around time signatures, but I think I'm stuck on where these metrical accents come from. For example, in 4/4, we say the main beats are Strong-Weak-Less Strong-Weak. ...
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How to play the 1/32-notes rhythmically relative to the base voice in Leiki Ueda's "Chronicles of Narnia"? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out how to play the following 1/32 notes (in green) in Leiki Ueda's rendition of "The Chronicles of Narnia – The Battle". My intuition would be to start them on the ...
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Problems with notation in 6/8 and dotted sixteenth

I have been practicing with the Stick Control book by George Lawrence Stone. After a while it starts with the 6/8 time signature, but then I ran into some notation that I can't quite understand. If ...
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Quarter note quintuplets

How can I count and play quarter note quintuplet in 4/4 time.
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Half note triplets

I would like know how to count and play this half note triplets on 4/4 time.
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How to play triplet quarters against quarters

I want to know how to count this piece and play it correctly as I don't know how to integrate both hands correctly. piece:https://musescore.com/user/10943216/scores/7018957
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Why is ektaal called ektaal?

एकताल (iTrans: ek_taal) is among the common talas, or rhythmic cycles, used in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music. It is the equivalent in the Khayal style of the dhrupad tala चौेताल chautaal ...
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Help With Dragging

I have played a few instruments (Piano, Drums and Saxophone) and I have noticed across them all that I have a tendency to drag, or play slightly behind the beat. I think that mentally I am using the ...
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What pickup time signature is this [closed]

How can you have an eighth note quadruplet and three eighth notes after. And how can you have a quadruplet with a dotted half note and two quarter notes?
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How should I read the timing on this measure of Rachmaninoff 32 10?

I'm working on Rachmaninoff's piano prelude Op 32 No 10, and I'm having trouble combining the left and right hand on m. 47 (screenshot below). Basically, I can't figure out which right hand notes line ...
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Is it true that classical musicians are not rhythmical?

I keep hearing that classical musicians are not rhythmical, that they have problems with complicated rhythm patterns. I especially hear it often from jazz musicians. Is that true? If yes, how is that ...
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How can I acquire a better sense of rhythm?

I dance and my main problem is timing and what is called by dancers musicality, which means matching the steps to the music, essentially the praxis of rhythm. I was never musical as child and I do not ...
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Notating Sheet Music with Strict Tempo for Accompaniment but Rubato for Vocalist

I have some sheet music for vocal + piano accompaniment where I want to notate that the vocalist should feel out the rhythms and phrases and sing expressively while the pianist maintains a steady ...
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

First off, just to be clear, this is a purely historical/theoretical question. In the example I'm going to give, I think it would universally be considered clearer just to write it in 4/4, maybe with ...
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What is the correct term for "front swing" or "front shuffle"?

Swing and shuffle are generally defined as moving the off-beat closer to the end of the measure. What's the reverse of this? What is it called when the off/up beat is moved closer to the beginning of ...
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Why did Shostakovich use such long note values for such fast notes?

I've loved Shostakovich's 8th quartet for ages but only just now looked at the score. I imagined the second movement would be a sea of black notes given its breakneck pace and was shocked to see that ...
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Out of phase with pulse

It is moderately easy for me to match the tempo of the pulse of music with my movement (e.g. clapping, instrument, dance). However, I find it immensely difficult to lock into phase of that pulse. What ...
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Is there any name or theory around every other chord changing "early", on the four-beat?

Is there a name for the following chord change rhythm? I was trying to see if I could make an acoustic-strummed version of "King of Wishful Thinking" sound good, and I couldn't help but ...
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cut time vs common time [duplicate]

i understand that 2/2 or cut time has 2 beats as opposed to 4/4 or common time, but how does this actually sound different? if you took a piece and played if it was notated as being 4/4 and then ...
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Clair De Lune - Un poco mosso section rhythm problem

I count the beats as 1 o let, 2 o let, 3 o let, instead of 123456789. For the duplets, I count them as 1 o and let, with a very fast 'and'. I am now on the un poco mosso section and don't know the ...
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