• Michelle Ostrove

STRONG AND WEAK BEATS!

Rhythm combines strong beats (louder) and weak beats (softer). Strong beats include the first beat of each measure (the downbeat), as well as other heavily accented beats. Both popular music and classical music combine strong beats and weak beats to create memorable rhythmic patterns.


Music always has a time signature located at the beginning of the staff and it looks almost like a fraction. No matter what the time signature is there will be strong and weak beats. Every time signature has it’s own pattern of strong and weak beats. The general rule is that the first beat is always going to be the strongest beat (excluding syncopation).


In 4/4 time, the first beat is the strongest and the third beat is strong, but not as strong at the first beat. The second and fourth beats are weak. In a Waltz (which is 3/4 time) you can hear the strong beat (loudest) on the first beat. The song “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” is in 4/4 time. Listen to Heaven Herrera beautifully sing the song. As you listen to the song, notice the first beat (on the piano) is louder and the third beat is slightly louder.


JOKE FOR THE DAY:

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Because he couldn't fix a minor problem that ended with major consequences and got himself in treble



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