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On-beats vs off-beats in guitar

It does depend on the nature of the groove. Traditionally you’d have musical meters, derived from poetic meters, called arsis and thesis. Arsis denotes the light, unstressed parts of a measure, thesis ...
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On-beats vs off-beats in guitar

When only strumming 4 to the bar, you're counting 1-2-3-4, generally speaking all down strums. You could count 1&2&3&4&, with the & being the upstrum, which is obviously needed in ...
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On-beats vs off-beats in guitar

Yes. An even when the music requires only the on-beats — that is, only down strumming — it is still common to up-strum silently on the up-beats. More generally, thinking of simply a series of (equally ...
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Bottom number on a time signature

"the bottom number in a time signature is ... how many beats there are in a whole note" I wouldn't think of it as beats, necessarily; but certainly the denominator represents the note ...
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Bottom number on a time signature

A time signature is similar to a fraction. In that the bottom number tells what the divisions are, while the top tells how many of them there are. So, in 4/4 the bottom 4 tells each 'beat' is a ...
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Bottom number on a time signature

Yes, that's correct. Just keep in mind that a whole note need not fit in a single measure. For example, in 6/8 time, a whole note gets eight beats, but each measure only has 6. Similarly, for 3/4 time,...
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Why can't velocity information be extracted from this kick drum loop?

Looking at the comments, I think your real question is: Why are there three separate hits per kick? I'm pretty sure this is because of the way Live analyzes and converts audio to MIDI. The two MIDI ...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove?

Machine gun hi-hats are easy to avoid. Recognize that a drummer plays them with alternating hands, so put some unevenness in the pairs of notes. For instance, the second one slightly softer, and maybe ...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove?

When you are hearing drum machine parts that really groove, you should question your assumption that they are 100% quantized. Drum machines were made to be used to make music, and their designers were ...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove?

There's a simple test to qualify "groove": can you dance to it? i.e. will it make bodies move automatically, or at least make feet and fingers tap or heads nodding? If the answer is "...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove?

This is going to be mostly opinion based, and I come from a marching percussion and modern (2000-present) rock/metal background, so that certainly influences me. I think that (time-)quantized ...
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