Asked in Musical Instruments
Is swing music played 4 beat per measure?
January 15, 2009 3:03AM
Depends, there is 4 beat swing -- it's probably the most simple form and is fairly common in Europe. However, the most common version of swing is a 6-step swing, usually called East Coast Swing, which is -- yep -- done in 6.
Asked in Reggae Music
What beat of the chords usually played in reggae music?
Asked in Music Theory
What do you call music if it is not played on a beat?
Asked in Dance
What is the difference between cha cha cha dance and swing dance?
A triple step takes two beats of music, but there are three weight changes. In swing,the first beat is divided into 3/4 of a beat for the first of the three steps and then a 1/4 beat for the second weight change. The second beat gets the third weight change. So, the triple step should be counted 3/4, 1/4, whole. When a beat is divide into two parts with two weight changes, this is called syncopation. The syncopation is on the first beat and the second beat does not get divided into two parts, so the second beat is not syncopated. The music for both swing and cha cha are written in 4/4 time, which means there are 4 beats per measure. In cha cha , the fourth beat gets syncopated and there are two weight changes, but that fourth beat is divided into to equal parts. Since they are equal, there are two half beats. When cha cha is counted, whole beat on one, whole beat on two, whole beat on three , then 1/2 beat and another half beat on the fourth beat. It is commonly counted 1234&.
Asked in Dance, The Difference Between
What are the differences between Swing and Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop is a Swing dance, that is it is based on 6 and 8 beat patterns with an anchor step separating the patterns. The anchor step and patterns in time with the rhythm or 'swing' of the music. Lindy Hop is different from 'West Coast Swing' in that it is circular, fast, with less emphasis on the the anchor step. All swing dance started with Lindy Hop, which was developed into other Swing forms - 'The Hustle' 'West Coast Swing' 'East Coast Swing' 'Carolina Shag' 'Colliegate Shag'
Asked in Music, Lyrics and Sheet Music
How many beats does a dotted eight note receives in 2 2 time signature?
This depends somewhat on the style of the music. The straight answer is 3/8 of a beat (a half note gets a beat in 2 2, a quarter note gets a half of a beat, etc.). This is true for all styles except older style swing. Swing was often written in cut time, but after the advent of the "walking bass" and despite the fact that the music was written in 2 2, it was generally interpreted as 4 4. Hence, in that style of music, a dotted eighth note receives 3/4 of a beat despite the implications of the time signature.