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This is called Tresillo. It's a 3+3+2 rhythm: for example, X: 1 T: Tresillo K: none M: 2/4 L: 1/16 V:V1 staff=perc stafflines=1 B3B- B2B2 :| It originates in sub-Saharan Africa, and is very common in Cuban and Latin American music. Here's the first measure of the song so you can see it in context: X: 1 T: Kamouraska K: none M: 4/4 L: 1/16 %%staves {(RH) (LH)...


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Probably one of the commonest counter examples is the song Yesterday by The Beatles. It has phrase lengths of 7 + 8. Apparently, by that books reconning, Yesterday isn't balances. But does the book say that is a flaw to correct? Either way, that seems to be the concern in the question. Without debating the question of whether it truly is a flaw you could ...


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The first section is all tonic (F) and dominant (C) chords in the key of F. Many of the dominants are approached by a secondary dominant (G). It's slightly unusual to bring in secondary dominants so early in a tune I suppose. Nothing worth calling a modulation happens, it's all firmly in the key of F. There's plenty of B flats later on. The one B♮ at ...


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Every B isn't natural actually. What about this one: Also if you look at the first F, that's an important note in the song. "Oh say can you see". It's a good candidate for a tonic!


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However, every B in the piece is natural and there are no accidentals so why wouldn't this be said to be in Key of C? This isn't true. There are several Bb flats in the second part. The piece is in F but it is modulating to the dominant C in measure 4, that's why there are some B natural. (Many songs have a similar chord progression to the dominant like ...


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Symmetry in 8-bar phrases is playing it safe. A 9 bar section is fine too. Asymmetrical is fine. If you want backup, look out the Burt Bacharach songbook. You'd think, to look at it, that 'Say a Little Prayer' would sound disjointed! Well, if you don't know it, dial it up on YouTube and enjoy. Then stop wittering about the necessity of nice neat 8-bar ...


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