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Songs with the same feel as Natural Woman and If I Ain't Got You?

Natural Woman and If I Ain't Got You have a specific rhythmic feel that I really like and am having trouble finding more examples of. [more inside]
posted by STFUDonnie on Jan 14, 2017 - 8 answers

How can I learn to read rhythm as quickly as possible?

I am way. over. my. head. in a musical project. I need to learn a complicated piece (piazolla) from a score and have no training at all. [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Falling all over myself. Please make it stop.

I've been clumsy, non-athletic, rhythmless my entire life. I'd like that to change. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on May 19, 2015 - 33 answers

Hit me with your rhythm stick

I'd like to learn how to make pop songs with strong groove. (Aiming to make classically structured, actual pop songs, with the groove arising through syncopation repeated and varied through all sounds/instruments, not just the percussion). What are some good songs to study? Can you point me to other kinds of resources that describe and parse what I mean? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Apr 12, 2015 - 13 answers

(Jazz?) Music composed over people talking normally

Looking for Aleatoric compositions on unaltered voice tracks. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

how to learn to find the beat in a waltz

I just started learning to waltz (yay!) and my biggest problem is finding the beat. So far, I can only stay on beat for songs like this Shostakovich waltz no. 2 where there is a dedicated instrument playing all three beats. Give me something like the first minute of this Waltz of the Flowers and I'm totally lost. How does one learn to stay on beat when waltzing?
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Not your everyday drumbeat?

Friends, help me compile a list, would you? I'm looking for pop/rock songs that feature very distinctive beats from the drummer. Anything really ear-catching and creative that departs from more ordinary timekeeping, in some fresh way. As an example, one that falls into that category would be the Zombies' Time of the Season. And please include a YouTube (or other) link if you can, since almost any song ever recorded is now on YouTube. Thanking you in advance.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2015 - 57 answers

Hit me with some cross-rhythm!

I'm looking for simple examples of songs that use cross-rhythms or polyrhythms. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Dec 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I learn rhythm?

I'd like to be a better musician. I have a poor sense of rhythm. I can get by, but I wish I were better. Is there anything I can do? Listening to beats in headphones all day? Or am I doomed to just try my hardest and being mediocre?
posted by cmm on Jun 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Music in Motion

What are examples of music that create the rhythmic sense of being in motion? Here is an example of what I mean. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Apr 12, 2014 - 23 answers

This is my perfect running song. Are there others?

Azwaw by Cheb Mami for some reason has exactly the perfect rhythm for running. However, if I listened to it for the whole 3 miles or whatever, I would go insane. I mean, it's a nice enough song, but. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Apr 9, 2014 - 10 answers

sex and rhythm [nsfw]

I'm in a new relationship with a guy. We've started having sex, and when he gets really close to orgasming, I lose the rhythm somehow, and he can't come. Help. [more inside]
posted by swamp rocket on Sep 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Tight singer, sloppy band

I've been enjoying the hell out of Van Morrison's recordings with Them, and Janis Joplin's with Big Brother. I've realized they have something in common: a singer with impeccable rhythm, phrasing and timing -- better than nearly anyone in rock music, and up there with the greats of soul, jazz and gospel -- backed by a much sloppier, garage-ier bunch of instrumentalists. To a lesser extent, The Who and the White Stripes have the same thing going on: I'd say their respective frontmen had "good enough" rhythm rather than anything brilliant, but they were definitely the ones holding the whole band together from the top, while the rhythm section flopped and flailed around underneath. So: where else does that combination show up? (Doesn't necessarily have to be in rock, either, though the examples I've got all are. If you've got some long-lost recording of Nas, Nina Simone or Elvis Presley backed by the Shaggs, now's your chance to bring it out.) [more inside]
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. on Jun 19, 2013 - 32 answers

Sequential Eating, Metabolism, and Digestion

I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers


Calling all poetry nerds: How would you describe the metre of this poem? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Jun 7, 2012 - 4 answers

the best teachers INSPIRE

I'm dating an awesome girl that cannot feel the beat--help me help her sense of rhythm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 47 answers

Why do the guys want to go so fast lately?

[sex filter] Rhythm issues . . . Um . . . Am I . . . loose? Dimensionally, I mean. NSFW, more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Will rock band help my rhythm?

I have bad rythym. Will playing Rock Band help? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Feb 6, 2012 - 20 answers

Books about the history of rhythms?

Does This Book Exist-filter: A Short History of Nearly Everything Rhythm? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Jan 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Slow and low, that is the tempo, more or less.

What specific practice techniques improved your ability to keep tempo while playing a musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by hindmost on Sep 28, 2011 - 14 answers

The what that nothing what

I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Origin of the "Give it to them" sample?

What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Aug 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me help my husband dance with me!

One of my greatest wishes in life would be to swing dance/jitterbug/jive etc. with my husband. I used to swing dance a lot with friends and at dances, and now I've got my sights set on the jitterbug, lindyhop, and Jive. HOWEVER. My husband, bless his heart, has NO sense of rhythm. [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Jan 7, 2011 - 12 answers

So You Think You Can Play Drums?

Rock Band 2 - Spirit In The Sky - Drums - Medium: what's up with the end of Guitar Solo 1? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Dec 26, 2009 - 7 answers

What's this beat style called?

IANAMusician: The Libertines' song "Last Post on the Bugle" (in the intro) and "Pull Shapes" by the Pipettes (in the first verse) are examples of this beatbeat-beat rhythm that I keep hearing in songs that I like. My Google-fu has failed me; is there a name for this kind of beat? What other songs have it?
posted by theraflu on Aug 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Power to the beats

I have no/little rhythm and I need to find some. [more inside]
posted by litleozy on Aug 6, 2009 - 21 answers

Ways to see rhythms

I'd like any software or website that helps visualize rhythms. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 29, 2009 - 9 answers

How to hear syncopation

How can I learn to hear something as syncopated? Whether it's Brahms or something from jazz, I have a tendency to hear things as being on the beat when they shouldn't be, and I have a hard time getting out of it. Suggestions?
posted by dicetumbler on Apr 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Just say No to kids

Please share your experiences with the rhythm method... [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Mar 11, 2009 - 26 answers

I can't countz!

I'm looking for some books on music (the playing thereof). One on developing rhythmic skills and then any good recomendations on the performance of classical music. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Feb 10, 2009 - 9 answers

jazz time signature

What time signature is this? [more inside]
posted by boeing82 on Dec 17, 2008 - 14 answers

How does an adult develop rhythm?

How does an adult develop rhythm? [more inside]
posted by mrmarley on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Seeking some easily available jazz recommendations, but kind of specific.

Jazz-heads - help me fill out my Xmas wish-list. Especially seeking those with rec's for (say) quartets to octets featuring Baritone Sax, Trombone, and/or strong and prominent rhythm sections. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Dec 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Music: Help me become good at cross-rhythms.

Help me become good at cross-rhythm/polyrhythm (mostly 3:4 and 4:3, but also 6:9, 6:7) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Jan 31, 2007 - 18 answers

What is the name of this musical figure?

MusicForDummiesFilter: What is this musical figure called? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Aug 2, 2005 - 15 answers

Good rhythmic poetry?

PoetryFilter: I read Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo" for the first time a few days ago and I love its very, very strong rhythm. What are other poems that share such a strong rhythm and energy?
posted by devilsbrigade on May 31, 2005 - 9 answers

Drum circle strategies?

This Friday, my daughter and I are hosting a drum circle. This will be the first one in our small Midwestern town (that I know of, anyway). We are both still very much beginners; we know some rhythms, but aren't adept soloists. (So we're not really qualified, but we're not letting that stop us.) Please share your favorite strategies for a fun drum circle that gets everyone in the groove.
posted by bricoleur on Mar 8, 2005 - 1 answer

Help improving sense of rhythm

I'm pretty good at visual things. Heck, it's my job. However, the more and more I get into multimedia, the more concerns I have about my musical ability. I've never cared about it until now (don't dance either), but now I realize that having a sense of rhythm or tempo could really help my work. How do I even begin improving my aural and timing skills? Do I have to go find Kevin Bacon and get footloose? [more inside]
posted by Stan Chin on Oct 7, 2004 - 11 answers

Is there a name for the disorienting sensation caused by switching beats in music? What happens exactly?

Weird music question: In The Rasmus' "In the Shadows," the song begins with a recurring siren that initially seems to set the rhythm of the song. When the guitars come in, they very strongly take over the rhythm, relegating the siren to background syncopation. This produces a very strange "about-face" sensation when listening to the song. [more inside]
posted by precocious on Jun 12, 2004 - 12 answers

Trance/techno rhythm question

In trance/techno music, where does the following pattern come from: A major bass hit on the first beat of the measure, then doubling to the first and third beat a couple measures later, then every beat, then eighth notes, sixteenth notes - usually accompanied by a melodic glissando climbing octaves or a vocal loop stuttering - until it releases (usually to a short pause) and then plunges into the full bass loop (and usually the chorus). Where'd this come from? What/who was the first song or DJ to use it?
posted by ao4047 on Jan 8, 2004 - 3 answers

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