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Questions tagged [syncopation]

For questions related to syncopation, the act of rhythmic articulations being out of phase with the underlying meter.

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Bartok - Syncopation (1): Meaning of notes in between Grand Staff

Bartok - Mikrokosmos Book 1 - 91)* Syncopation(1) What's the meaning of the notes in between the Grand Staff?
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Cleaning up syncopated notes

I'm having a hard time on cleaning up following passages: I've been messing around with grace notes, breath marks, but I don't seem to find the right combination to capture the spirit of the ...
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In a rhythm, what word best describes the duration of an on/off beat cycle?

I'm writing some software that composes drum-lines. I'm looking for a word that describes the lowest unique combination of down- and up-beats. Eg: Let's say the following are quarter notes: (Disco ...
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Learning to sing while playing a syncopated strum

[This is a possible duplicate of How do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously? but maybe this question is more specific.] About me I'm used to singing (in a choir) and I'm learning to play ...
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How to identify syncopation?

For the reference, I'm just started learning music theory for less than half a year and just barely touched on the syncopation topic. It seems that syncopation is not easy for me to identify at all. ...
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Is splitting the quarters into triplets syncopation?

Let's take the Amazing Grace song as example (3/4 rhythm): A - maz - z i n g Grace How Sweet the 3 1 2 3 3.5 1 2 3 1 2 3 ......
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Off beat chord change in progression [closed]

I'm self learning to compose something using a daw. I'm a self tough on theory and quite poor so please but hope the question make some sense. I followed a tutorial that suggest the possibility to ...
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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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Piano and Theory Terms- Syncopation?

Can anyone give me a good definition for syncopation? (As in a rhythm.)
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Notable musical features of Ragtimes?

I've been into playing ragtimes recently, especially of Scott Joplin. I've read in several books where they vaguely relate ragtimes as one of the early forms of Jazz. What aspects of ragtimes make ...
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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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Exercises to integrate syncopation into improvisation

Recently, I kinda felt that my improvisation style is really lacking colorful rhythms (By improvisation, I mean pop music improvisation in piano soloing, not jazz or blues improvisation.) So, does ...