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how can I practice this more efficiently? One consideration is becoming more familiar with rhythm in general. Isolate the "kick drum" pattern, loop it for a while, and count the downbeats of your measures while that's playing ("one... two... three... four..."). Next, count the 8th notes and mark where that kick is hitting ("one and two and three and four ...


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A professor of mine in graduate school was fond of using the phrase "elevator operator" to illustrate multiple levels of accent. This could be the eighth notes in a 4/4 bar, for example. You can discern four levels of stress or importance: P W M W S W M W Where P is primary, S is secondary, M is moderate, and W is weak. The primary stress and the ...


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In my experience when there are two eighth notes on the first beat only the first eighth note is accented. Accents always occur on the first note of the strong beat regardless of the length of the note. There are two exceptions to this. One is when there is a grace note before the first note of the strong beat. A grace note is a quick little ornament ...


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The SWMW is the basic pulse in (most) 4/4 music. There are syncopations which feature longer or accented notes on weak beats or parts of beats. This sets up a kind of cross-relation (not the harmonic one); it displaces the loudness accent from its "normal" place. The practice is at least (from historical records) at least 1500 years old. There may be more ...


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