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What is a back beat?


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November 21, 2009 2:01AM

When you talk about music, a backbeat means placing rythmic stress on the second and fourth beats of a measure. This means emphasizing the even beats in 4/4 time, while the first and third beats (the odd beats) are less weighted. A backbeat may go something like this: 1 2 3 4.

A nice sample is: Fats Domino "Ain't That a Shame"