Questions tagged [rhythm]

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

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Is there a tempo or rhythm change in the song “Just Hold Me” by Maria Mena? [closed]

I'm looking at the music sheet of the song and I can't seem to find an indication of tempo or rhythm change but I feel like there is during the bridge of "Poor little miss understood..." It'...
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How many note(s) are equal to six eighth notes? [closed]

How many note(s) are equal to six eighth notes? plz I need help
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Help with same note next to each other but different values? [duplicate]

For the Treble Clef: Is The "D" played only once and at which value? What is the purpose of this notation?
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Rhythm notation syncopation over the third beat

I found this copy of Sloop John B online... I wanted different line breaks so re-notated it. But I changed the rhythm notation to use ties to the third beat... What is the right way to notate these ...
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Exercises to get beter at rhythm (piano)

I am 26 years old and am learning the piano on my own. I haven't started to learn sheet music yet. The way I practice is by looking at videos of other people teaching how to play piano songs. At first,...
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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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Questions on note grouping and beaming for 3+3+2 rhythm

EDIT: The questions below still apply, but here is an updated edit that I think looks a lot cleaner. Any thoughts? Regarding this piece with a 3+3+2 rhythm, I have a few more questions regarding ...
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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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Is 7/8 an example of measured rhythm or metrical rhythm?

Wikipedia provides the following definitions: Metrical rhythm, by far the most common class in Western music, is where each time value is a multiple or fraction of a fixed unit (beat, see paragraph ...
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Name and structure of staggering beat in Ramones' “Merry Christmas”

Towards the end of The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight)", the beat takes on a staggering quality when Joey sings "don't want to" in the chorus. In the following ...
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Best way to notate 3+3+2 syncopated rhythm

I'm arranging a piece in 4/4 with a syncopated 3+3+2 Latin rhythm throughout, and am wondering which (if either) would be the better way to notate. Here's the first notation, which emphasizes these 3+...
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Do we have any better/richer framework for understanding rhythm and timbre?

A large chunk of music has been made in the last 50+ years that largely cannot be analysed (in any meaningful way) via notes, focused instead on variations on repetition/timbre/rhythm/dynamics/etc. ...
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Pauses between notes

I am trying to make a microcontroller play simple "Christmas" melody and studying notes grammar just with this goal. I got about notes durations, but handbook doesn't shed much light on ...
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How should left and right hand by synchronized in Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor [duplicate]

I have a question about which notes on the right-hand match with which notes on the left hand.
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Question about note speed in Chopin C# minor Nocturne

This is from Chopin, Nocturne in C sharp minor sheet music, Is 1 e slower than the triplet?
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What types of feels are there for drumming?

Playing as strictly a metal or hard rock drummer, I am only aware of a swing feel (accenting every other hi-hat note), or a straight feel (this would be more of a flat, driving beat. More monotonous)....
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What note is this and How many counts does this note get in 2/4 time?

What note is this and how many counts does this note get in 2/4 time? How do you count this rhythm?
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Are the correct Takadimi syllables notated in these exercises?

Did I put write in the correct takadimi syllables for these two exercises? Some of the syllables I wasn’t sure. Exercise 350: And this one number 371:
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Is there a rule for the different sounds of time signatures X/2, X/4, X/8 etc not just defined on a case-by-case basis?

The other day I saw this question here: I don't understand the bottom number in a time signature I got really excited, as this has been bugging me for many years now. I started reading the answers,...
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Why does “Modern Man” from “The Suburbs (2010)” have missing beats?

I used to feel "Modern Man" from "The Suburbs (2010)" by Arcade Fire had an interesting "beat skip effect". But now when I really count the beat, there are indeed missing ...
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Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of A Night in Tunisia

I'd like to satisfy this little curiosity I've been entertaining in my brain. I've recently been really into Ella's songs, especially her renditions of classic jazz standards. Her version of A Night ...
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“Rubato sufficiently repeated turns into a feature of the rhythm.” Please critique

I was thinking about the very idea of rubato the other day and was wondering if repeated rubato truly defeats its purpose. Rubato sufficiently repeated turns into a feature of the rhythm. I don't ...
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How Can I Make A Chord Progression Sound Less Rhythmically Lame? [duplicate]

When I'm playing piano as an accompaniment to singing, I pull up chord charts for the song and wing it. But I can't seem to figure out how to make the piano sound interesting. For example, the song I'...
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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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Analyze the progression and mark the harmonic rhythm using ( S W s w )

basically this question requires me to mark the harmonic ryhtymn using taking it as 2 beats per chord S very strong s strong W weak w very weak Ab7 F7|Bb7 Eb7 | F-7 c-7| Dbmaj7 F7| S W| s w| S W | s w ...
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I have a question about how to count these notes

How do I count the notes circled in white?
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Is there a name for a 3-3-2-2-2 rhythm?

I have a 12/8 rhythm that has beats on the x's below: 1 + + 2 + + 3 + + 4 + + x x x x x I vaguely remember hearing a name for this years ago. Is it some kind of clave? Is there a name for ...
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Time Signature Issue

I've been having an issue with this composition. Is it supposed to be 4/4 or would it become a different time signature? I know that 4/4 is 4/4 often because each note contains 4 beats- but often I ...
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I don't understand this rhythm notation

From the bass clef I think the downbeat count is obvious, but on the treble clef is the 1st downbeat on the eighth note? It looks like it, since it is right over the chord. But then why isn't it ...
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Name and origin of this alternative rock drumbeat

Does anyone know the name and origin of this drumbeat? It's widely used in alternative rock, and although I think people would tend to describe it as "funky," it isn't a textbook funk beat ...
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What is the difference between isometer and homorhythm?

Wikipedia gives a complicated answer with no examples. Could someone explain in proper English?
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How can I read these cross staff notes?

I'm aware of notes crossing clefs, but I've never seen it being used like this before. For the record, the song is in 4/4.
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Could you help me identify this rhythm by name?

I know how people refer to this rhythm in a language other than English, but I couldn't find a translation, which makes it difficult to search for it.
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What is rhythmic counterpoint?

Apparently, poly-meter creates "rhythmic" counterpoint. What does this mean? Nothing online shows anything. What are other effects of poly-meter?
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How do you decide what kind of rhythm/time signature to use?

What would make you want to use 4/4 time compared to 3/4 time? Or 6/8 time over 3/4 time? I'm starting to get a grip on understanding different rhythms and how to read them etc. but I want to ...
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What are ways to emphasize a rhythm/time signatures without drums?

What are some ways a song without drums can indicate the rhythm/time signature through the melody or chord progression? It seems that when drums are involved, they play a certain beat over and over ...
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Why is the Proper Sarum mode notated differently than it sounds (in the Yattendon hymnal)?

For context, image 1 is where I found this tune in another hymnal, and it looks like a sort of free-flowing attempt at notating (in standard notation) how a choir or congregation would sing. Images 2 ...
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Adjusting the BPM for an odd rhythm (to render a MIDI)

Firstly, sorry if I'm missing something basic, but I'm new to standard notation. I felt stuck because I'm doing a cover song @ 76 BPM, but I realized there's a lot note durations equal to 5 and 3 64th-...
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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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What meter is it when the accented beat is the fourth beat out of six? (one-two-three-FOUR-five-six)

In this song when the drum comes in, the accented pulse is the 4th beat out of 6 in a measure. 6/8 has the accented beats on the 1st and 4th beat, but there is no accent on the 1st beat in this song. ...
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Where does this specific rhythm that everybody knows come from? [duplicate]

Whenever a person gets the chance to hit a drum or make rhythmic noises in any other way, there is a high chance they will play this exact phrase: Example: I have ...
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Is there a “rhythmic/groove center”, just like there is a “tonal center”?

In tonal harmony, we found that listeners often have a clear senes of tonal center and want to go back to it. Does the same exist for rhythm? Can a composer mess around with rhythm (going off standard ...
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How do I add drums to an already written rap?

I spent a lot of my free time over the last year working on a diss track and practicing so I can rap at a decent pace, and I'd like to actually record it at some point. Problem is, I'm struggling to ...
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Does this rhythm have a name?

Does the following rhythm have a recognised name or composer? It is a rhythm you would typically hear at Soccer matched with the crowd clapping in time with each other. At an England match you would ...
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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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For an arbitrary time signature, where do the beats go?

4/4 gets 1 and 3 as strong. 3/4 gets 1. 6/8 gets 1, and 4 is strong but less so. I don’t know what 7/4 is supposed to be, but 1, 2, and 5 sounds good. 9/8 and 12/8 are really just 3 and 4 triplets, ...
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Rhythmic/Metric Stress Patterns

The attached images are a page from Jack Perricone's Melody in Songwriting. I am familiar with the concept of stress patterns in music, but, honestly, have no idea what the hell he's on about here. ...
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Problem with Tempo in the Adagio from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 from Bach

I'm starting to studying the Adagio from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001. Normally I have some rhythm problems, and in this case I don't feel the pulse, my teacher has told me to study with 16 ...
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What is the name of this notation in this example by Couperin?

Consider following excerpt from the beginning of the 2nd leçon of Couperin's Leçon des ténèbres pour le mercredi saint: As you see, it uses a rather strange notation where, for instance, a bar of 3/2 ...
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Why do notes not add up to the bar in this example by Couperin?

Consider following excerpt from the beginning of Couperin's Leçon des ténèbres pour le mercredi saint: I noticed that the note values don't always add up in a bar. Cases (indicated in the figure): ...

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