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  Music Concepts Online: Syncopation Lecture
Syncopation is the wonderful effect which is created when notes which are supposed to fall in a certain place surprise the ear and fall somewhere else.
We now have syncopation, since the third note, which is a strong note, does not occur on the beat, it occurs between beats 2 and 3.
Another type of syncopation is that which is caused when there is silence instead of accent on the beat.
www.neiu.edu /~jalucas/muscon/lectures/syncopation   (486 words)

 syncopation – FREE syncopation Information | Encyclopedia.com: Facts, Pictures, Information!
syncopation [New Gr.,=cut off ], in music, the accentuation of a beat that normally would be weak according to the rhythmic division of the measure.
Although the normally strong beat is not usually effaced by the process, there are occasions (e.g., the second theme in the final movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor) when the natural rhythmic structure is entirely altered, the syncopation being so elaborate and persistent that the actual metrical structure is obliterated aurally.
Occasional syncopation is present in music of all types and in all periods.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-syncopat.html   (923 words)

 Syncopation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In music, syncopation is the stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or the failure to sound a tone on an accented beat.
syncopated shortly before the downbeat, which is used in Son montuno Cuban dance music.
Another type of syncopation is the missed beat, in which a rest is substituted for an expected note's beginning (van der Merwe 1989, pp.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Syncopation   (431 words)

In music, syncopation is the stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or the failure to sound a tone on an accented beat.
Syncopation is used on occasion in many music styles, including classical music, but it is a fundamental constant presence in such styles as ragtime and jazz.
Another type of syncopation is the missed beat, in which a rest is substituted for an expected note's beginning (van der Merwe 1989, p.321).
www.jahsonic.com /Syncopation.html   (510 words)

 Humdrum Toolkit Representation Reference - Metric Syncopation
In brief, metric syncopation may be defined as a moment where an expected metric stress is absent.
More specifically, a metrically syncopated moment is defined as occurring when no note-onset happens at a moment whose metric position is more important than that of the most recent note onset.
For example, where a note occurs on the second beat of a quadruple meter, and is not followed by a note on the third beat, the third beat is deemed syncopated because it occupies a higher metric position than the previous onset.
www.music-cog.ohio-state.edu /Humdrum/representations/synco.rep.html   (300 words)

 Syncopation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Syncopation is a type of rhythm where some of the accents are "off the beat".
For example, a simple tune can be made to include syncopation by moving the position of one note back (in time) by half a beat, so making it longer, and the note before it shorter, as in the last note of this example:
Syncopation is often thought of as being a modern invention, being used exclusively in jazz and pop music.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/Neil_Hawes/theory37.htm   (165 words)

 Guitar World Magazine | Guitar, Tabs, Lessons, Gear & Video- Guitar World
Syncopation means emphasizing the "weak" parts of the beat or measure-anything other than the downbeats ("one," "two," "three" or "four").
FIGURE 4 is an example of syncopation using ties to emphasize the eighth-note upbeats.
Is it possible to view the tabs for these studies on time and syncopation, or have they been removed.
www.guitarworld.com /article/guitar_101_mastering_rhythm_and_syncopation_part_1   (869 words)

 Syncopation: Excerpts from The NPR Classical Music Companion
Syncopation is a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm.
Syncopation is a general term: there is no limit to the number or variety of possible syncopated rhythms, nor are there limits to the ways they may be used.
Syncopation is such an integral element of jazz and ragtime, for example, that for those styles the regular flow of rhythm is in fact a syncopated flow.
www.kennedy-center.org /nso/classicalmusiccompanion/syncopation.html   (437 words)

 Elements Of Jazz: Fundamentals: Rhythm
Jazz developed in part from ragtime piano music, and the very name "ragtime" is a contraction of "ragged time", which refers to the use of syncopated rhythms that are common in both ragtime and jazz.
Syncopation and swing are like yin and yang; they may take on different forms depending on context, but always act in opposition to each other and yet in conjunction.
Usually the elements of syncopation and swing will be present in a jazz performance to some degree, or else we would start to question whether or not it was really jazz.
www.outsideshore.com /school/music/almanac/html/Elements_Of_Jazz/Fundamentals/Rhythm.htm   (1409 words)

 What is Syncopation?
Syncopation is a musical process that involves adding an unexpected element to the basic beat of a musical composition.
Syncopation is found in many types of music, with jazz containing the most examples of the application of this type of musical technique.
Syncopated beats can be part of the original composition, or may be added by a slight realignment of the main beat of a musical work.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-syncopation.htm   (364 words)

 BYU NewsNet - Syncopation to give concert
Syncopation consists of eight female and six male singers and a rhythm section.
Syncopation is known for it(s tight harmonies, rhythmic accuracy, and improvisational (scatting(abilities and their reputation has spread rapidly.
Syncopation also took their music to the Peaks Ice Arena, providing six concerts to hockey fans during the Winter Games.
newsnet.byu.edu /story.cfm/42754   (473 words)

 Syncopation - encyclopedia article - Citizendium
Syncopation (or syncopated rhythm) in music involves the stressing of a normally unstressed beat or subdivision of a beat.
Syncopation thus gains its effect only in musical traditions that make use of strong, regular rhythms, as is the case in most Western music.
Syncopation can be heard as an occasional effect in most Western musical styles, including Western classical music; it is, however, an essential part of styles such as ragtime, jazz and reggae, all influenced by African music.
en.citizendium.org /wiki/Syncopation   (362 words)

 CD Baby: SYNCOPATION: Wonderful You
The Boston Globe calls Syncopation the “Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century,” and it is easy to see why.
Syncopation was formed in January of 2002 and mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer.
In 2004 the group signed a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, and their album Of Blue, recorded in Tokyo and featuring some of Japan’s hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru “Salt” Shionoya, was released in nationwide in Japan in November of that year.
www.cdbaby.com /syncopation2   (391 words)

 Syncopation in dance and music
We have to practice syncopations a lot before they feel natural and that means we may need to just do the syncopations when we can and not worry about dancing to the music (did I say that?) Anyway, the goal is eventually to make our dance syncopations fit with the music whenever possible.
The difference, though, is that these early musicians used syncopations sparingly for special effects, whereas jazz musicians incorporate syncopation as a basic stylistic element in their music.
Syncopation happens when we shift an accent from a beat that's normally strong to one that's normally weak or when we fail to provide an accent for a normal strong beat.
www.lovemusiclovedance.com /syncopat.htm   (5295 words)

A syncopation or syncopated rhythm is any rhythm that puts an emphasis on a beat, or a subdivision of a beat, that is not usually emphasized.
Notice that the syncopated notes in the melody come on the second and fourth quarters of the beat, essentially alternating with the strong eighth-note pattern laid down in the accompaniment.
Syncopation is such an important aspect of much American music, in fact, that the type of syncopation used in a piece is one of the most important clues to the style and genre of the music.
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 Walden - Alumni Magazine - Alumni Insights - Landing Page
Syncopation was one of the main elements of early jazz.
Syncopation is a rhythmic interpretation of a regular beat.
You can syncopate any melody, and when you do, it is said to make the musicswing.” Syncopation had been around for hundreds of years, but with early jazz, syncopation for the first time was used in a complete composition—not just in a measure or two.
www.waldenu.edu /c/Alumni_magazine/Alumni_Insights.htm   (557 words)

 Jazclass - IN FOCUS 9 : Music lesson about Syncopation in Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Syncopations on the upbeats 1+ and 3+ have the opposite effect.
Overall he shows a slight favour for forward motion syncopations, but the upbeats of 1+ and 3+ are also well covered in his improvisations.
As a consequence the frequency of his syncopations (each 6-7 beats in the first two songs) is probably lower than that of a less fluent player.
www.jazclass.aust.com /rotate/if09.htm   (578 words)

 Language Log: Rock syncopation: stress shifts or polyrhythms?
First, syncopation involves a deviation from the 'normal' placement of an accent: usually, accents occur on strong beats, but in a syncopation, a weak beat (or rather an event on a weak beat) is accented.
Second, syncopation involves displacement; in a syncopation, an accent that belongs on a particular strong beat is shifted or displaced to a weak one (I will suggest that it is actual events, rather than accents, that are displaced, but the idea of something being displaced from where it belongs is essentially right).
In the standard, square (4+4) organization of those notes, this is a shift from one of the strongest positions in the meter to one of the weakest.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/005154.html   (2505 words)

 Got Jazz!?  Why is it called Jazz Dance?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Syncopation is what gives jazz music and dancing its edge and excitement.
In addition to syncopation and individuality, connection with the music is another element of jazz dance.
The trunk of the tree is made of the three elements: syncopation, which makes it exciting, individuality, which brings variety, and musical expression, which keeps it real.
www.danceart.com /gotjazz/whyjazz.htm   (714 words)

 Music Theory/Syncopation - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
Syncopation is when a normally unstressed beat is stressed.
A syncopated song, on the other hand, may emphasize the second and fourth.
Syncopation can also occur when a note is between two beats.
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/Music_Theory/Syncopation   (91 words)

 Syncopation in the seed rhythm
It's the third beat of the seed rhythm that's syncopated: it's half a beat early.
If the third beat were not syncopated, the whole character of the rhythm would be quite different, with a much straighter feel.
This syncopation is one of the most important characteristics of the seed rhythm.
www.soundjunction.org /syncopationintheseedrhythm.aspa?NodeID=100   (157 words)

 How to read sheet music... Dotted Notes - Reading Complicated Syncopation
Syncopated music puts accents on notes played between the beats.
This is an easier way to handle syncopation, and is one of the signs of a professional musician.
Another important part of syncopation is the "tie." This is not something to put around your neck.
www.notationmachine.com /how_to_read_sheetmusic/dotted_notes_-_reading_complicated_syncopation.htm   (963 words)

 Jass.com: Early Syncopation
Syncopation, a musical characteristic of Ragtime was evident many years earlier in songs sung by slaves.
Hand clapping and foot stomping were not restricted and took the part of drums in setting up early syncopation in slave songs.
Not only was simple syncopation achieved but the cross-rhythms of the slave melodies clearly showed the polyrhythms of their native Africa.
www.jass.com /syncopated.html   (131 words)

 STI Lesson 31 - Syncopation and Rhythm in Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Rap Music
The Rite of Spring was written as a ballet and its first performance caused a riot in the audience.
Syncopation: rhythm that is unexpected, accenting the weak beats (beats 2 and 4)
Most rap songs would be appropriate for this lesson, but this song actually counts the rhythm out loud, making the syncopation obvious.) Have students clap along with the performance, which is on the syncopated beats.
www.rockhall.com /teacher/sti-lesson-31   (805 words)

 A Rhythm Study in Syncopation - Creative Keyboard, June 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Originating in early Ragtime music (Scott Joplin,etc.), syncopation became the driving force of Blues, then Jazz, and finally a vital and commonly accepted part of all popular music.
Syncopation may be generally defined as the catchy, unexpected "off-beat" rhythm caused by shifting the accent to the WEAK beats of a measure, and holding through the STRONG beats.
Count the regular beats as played by the left hand in the bass clef, and you will feel the syncopated beats played by the right hand in the treble clef.
www.melbay.com /creativekeyboard/jun01/syncopation.html   (328 words)

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