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Definitions for Musical Terms, Unit I (see also the glossary in Charlton ) Backbeat : an emphasis on beats 2 and 4 usually articulated by the snare drum; a common syncopation in rock. 1 2 3 4 // 1 2 3 4 Bar or Measure : a cycle of beats articulated by an accent pattern that usually emphasizes the first beat (downbeat) of the cycle. Beat(s) : the temporally equidistant pulses that organize musical rhythm. Break : dramatic change in the texture, usually an instrumental solo. Bridge : contrasting or transitional section of music; section of music between (“bridging”) the verse and the chorus. Chords : Three or more pitches sounding simultaneously or in close succession (arpeggio). Chorus : a repeating section of both words and music; often including the title phrase and the most memorable portion of melody (melodic hook). Clave : a 2-bar syncopated pattern that organizes most Afro-Caribbean music. 1
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