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Yeah...my idea for going through the beats was to hopefully widen the possible range out from the four beat.  This is something I've been writing about for a while, so I thought I'd go through up through the count, using examples to show how the standard rhythms (polka, waltz, etc...) are put together--and how they can be given a natural feel.   I suppose time signatures are ways of writing down various rhythmic forms, so the 6/8 exists--it could be written as two bars of 3/4 but that wouldn't imply the relative emphases--; and that's one type of shorthand.  Using the dance names--minuet, paso doble, buleria (I don't know the names!) is another way.  But I think you're thinking of something else.

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by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Apr 3rd, 2008 at 04:54:47 PM EST
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I had a more micro view of rhythm, closer to the one you'd learn when academically studying music : syncope for example, which is when the rhythm is accentuated before the beat (as in Smoke on the Water or I Wanna be in America), the effects of fast or slow rhythms, square rhythm such as found in pop as opposed to the more broken rhythms in rap... Rhythm as only underlying the melody, or as the main feature of the music (think african drums)...

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Apr 3rd, 2008 at 07:25:29 PM EST
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Ah yes, accents--the guy who demonstrates the 5 beat goes through three or four different patterns on the five, moving the accents about--I've always liked 7 beat as 3-2-2 but I enjoyed the 4-2-1 of Shoreline.  I had a look at some videos about the various beats in flamenco 12/8--fiendishly complex!

Here's an example, where the guy explains the accents, claps out the accents (and explains clapping techniques)--and he plays well!

Understanding Flamenco - Part 3 (8:11)



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by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Apr 4th, 2008 at 04:15:47 AM EST
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