I've been clumsy, non-athletic, rhythmless my entire life. I'd like that to change. [more inside]
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]
Looking for Aleatoric compositions on unaltered voice tracks. [more inside]
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?
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.
I'm looking for simple examples of songs that use cross-rhythms or polyrhythms. [more inside]
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?
What are examples of music that create the rhythmic sense of being in motion? Here is an example of what I mean. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Calling all poetry nerds: How would you describe the metre of this poem? [more inside]
I'm dating an awesome girl that cannot feel the beat--help me help her sense of rhythm. [more inside]
[sex filter] Rhythm issues . . . Um . . . Am I . . . loose? Dimensionally, I mean. NSFW, more inside. [more inside]
I have bad rythym. Will playing Rock Band help? [more inside]
Does This Book Exist-filter: A Short History of
Nearly Everything Rhythm? [more inside]
What specific practice techniques improved your ability to keep tempo while playing a musical instrument? [more inside]
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]
What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
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]
Rock Band 2 - Spirit In The Sky - Drums - Medium: what's up with the end of Guitar Solo 1? [more inside]
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?
I have no/little rhythm and I need to find some. [more inside]
I'd like any software or website that helps visualize rhythms. [more inside]
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?
Please share your experiences with the rhythm method... [more inside]
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]
How does an adult develop rhythm? [more inside]
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]
Help me become good at cross-rhythm/polyrhythm (mostly 3:4 and 4:3, but also 6:9, 6:7) [more inside]
MusicForDummiesFilter: What is this musical figure called? [more inside]
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?
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.
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]
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.
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?