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Rhythm Rhythm: particular arrangement of note lengths in a piece of music. flow of music through time. Beat Beat: A regular, recurrent pulsation that divides music into equal units of time. Pulse of the music Typically occur every ¼ of a second Explicit (bass drum) or Implicit (sensed) More of background for composer Essential to a melody’s personality Meter Meter: organization of beats into regular groups is called meter. Measure: A group containing a fixed Number of beats Duple meter: when a measure contains 2 beats Triple meter: 3 beats to a measure Quadruple meter: 4 beats to a measure Sextuple meter: 6 beats with beat 1 (downbeat) and 4 having stress. Combination of duple and triple meter 2 triple meters Quintuple meter: 5 beats ot a measure Subdivided into 2 groups Septuple meter: 7 beats to a measure Subdivided into 2 groups Downbeat: The first beat of a the measure Upbeat: an unaccented pulse preceding the downbeat

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