It is important to understand that:
• The syncopation does not occur at the beginning of the syncopated note.
• Its presence has no influence on the sound, since it is a feeling experienced by the listener.
Thus, one has to distinguish syncopated note and moment of the syncopation.
The syncopated note is placed on a weak rhythmic position.
The syncopation itself happens at the following strong position.
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
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.