Daniel Laberge

Rhythm exercise 2-4

Single syncopation with ending

Featured figures
Name Symbols Duration

Two eighth notes
tied to
two eighth notes

 



½ beat,
one beat,
½ beat

One eighth note,
one quarter note,
one eighth note

 



½ beat,
one beat,
½ beat

two eighth notes,
one eighth note rest,
one eighth note

 



½ beat,
½ beat,
½ beat,
½ beat 

 

Graphic
representation

 

This figure includes a syncopation.
Syncopations are related to rhythmical weights.
To understand them, let's first make the distinction between upbeats and syncopations.
Perform the following rhythm which contains only notes on the upbeats.

Upbeats

Now, lengthen each note so that the sound is sustained up to the next one.

Syncopations

As you can see, the second part of each note is marked by the fall of the following beat, especially since your foot hits at the same moment.
You experience a syncopation when, having started a sound on a weak rhythmic position, you feel the following strong position accentuating it.

 

Introduction
to
syncopations

 

Two ways
to
write
syncopations

The syncopated note can be represented in two manners:
•As two separate portions, tied together.
•As a single grouped value.


Separated syncopated note
 

Grouped syncopated note

Since rhythm is supposed to be written beat by beat, the grouped notation violates this rule.
In addition, syncopated notes necessarily have to be separated in order to cross the barline.

 

Syncopation is a very recent event in human evolution.
Even if some can be found in medieval music and before, it is in the twentieth century that syncopation has known its phenomenal development.

Syncopation
in
history

 

 

How to
perform
this
rhythm

A: Start by doing this rhythm, using the syllable "Ta".

B: Remove the "T" from the third "Ta".

C: Hold the second "Ta".

 

Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed:
•Slowly
At medium speed
•Fast

Audio
renditions


Stereo field

Stereo disposition


This exercise is written three different ways.
The first two give identical results. Some notes are shorter in the third.
Note: there are no syncopations in the third version.
Tempo 70 bpm  
Tempo 100 bpm  
Tempo 130 bpm  

Count 1, 2, 3, 4, before you start



 

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