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  • Can you tell me what is upbeat/downbeat?

    if I count 1,2,3,4, which is is the up beat?

    Same with 1-and-2-and-3-and-4.

    Does the upbeat have to coincide with an upstroke?

    What does it mean to say I should play to the downbeat?

    what do we know about partying or anything else...

  • #2
    Originally posted by Noddy
    if I count 1,2,3,4, which is is the up beat?


    None are the upbeat. Those are all down beats.


    Same with 1-and-2-and-3-and-4.


    The 'and's are upbeats. The numbers are downbeats.


    Does the upbeat have to coincide with an upstroke?


    With alternate picking of eighth notes, yes.



    What does it mean to say I should play to the downbeat?



    That means you should play on 1, 2, 3, or 4, which are the beats that you would instinctively tap your foot to when listening to music.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Poparad


      With alternate picking of eighth notes, yes.


      thanks for the reply.

      what about 16th notes? where is the up and down beats?
      what do we know about partying or anything else...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Noddy


        thanks for the reply.

        what about 16th notes? where is the up and down beats?


        The downbeats are still on the numbers, and the upbeats are on the 'ands'.

        8ths are counted: "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and"

        16ths are counted:

        "1 ee and uh 2 ee and uh 3 ee and uh 4 ee and uh"
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Auggie Doggie


          The downbeats are still on the numbers, and the upbeats are on the 'ands'.

          8ths are counted: "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and"

          16ths are counted:

          "1 ee and uh 2 ee and uh 3 ee and uh 4 ee and uh"


          -and quintuplets and counted "U-ni-ver-si-ty"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Auggie Doggie

            "1 ee and uh 2 ee and uh 3 ee and uh 4 ee and uh"


            Of all of Auggie Doggie's posts, I think this takes the biscuit for the most informative and in depth.







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            • #7
              Originally posted by Abrasion


              Of all of Auggie Doggie's posts, I think this takes the biscuit for the most informative and in depth.




              Exactly how much detail can one put into '1 ee and uh...'??




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              • #8
                How dto count triplets?

                Is this right?

                1 ee and 2 ee and 3
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Noddy
                  How dto count triplets?

                  Is this right?

                  1 ee and 2 ee and 3



                  There are a lot of ways to count triplets, and unlike sixteenth notes, there isn't a standard way about it. Basically, if you can find two syllables to fill up the space, you're fine.

                  It's important to remember that a triplet is a beat divided into thirds, rather than fourths like sixteenths, so the divisions don't line up. For that reason, I try to avoid using "e" "and" or "a" for triplets, as it sort of implies they're related to the sixteenth note divisions.

                  I had a band director once who used "la" and "lee" for the triplet divisions, although personally I never had much trouble counting triplets so I don't really have a set of syllables I prefer to use.
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                  • #10
                    For triplets, you can go "1 po let 2 po let 3 po let 4 po let."
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