Re: [LAU] How to write beats

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Date: Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 8:47 am

On Sun, 2008-04-20 at 11:59 +0800, Chris McCormick wrote:

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Interesting that you like to notate in half-time. But wouldn't that make
your Hip Hop run at 45 BPM, if one takes it exactly as you write it?

I think the examples would be easier to read with vertical grid lines.

What helps me writing beats is knowing about "heavy" and "light" beats,
pulse, swing, ghost notes ...

In 4/4, 1 and 3 are heavy (downbeat), 2 and 4 are light (backbeat).
In 3/4 only 1 is heavy.

So if you want something that "stomps", you accentuate the backbeats.
If you want something light-footed, accentuate 2 and 4 and perhaps play
around one of the backbeats (notes before and after, not right on it).

Hits on the beats are "stable". Hits right between the beats (offbeats),
meaning each second 1/8 note in 4/4, are less stable. Hits on positions
available only with an even finer grid are even less stable. These often
ask to be countered with other notes, to stay in balance (it's like
stumbling and having to do another step to not fall down on your face)

The pulse is your basic grid resolution (not necessarily counting flams
and rolls). Usually 1/8 or 1/16 notes. An interesting way to build a
beat is to start with filling a bar (or several) with 1/16 notes. Edit
the velocity, for example 127, 60, 110, 90 for each quarter. Then
experiment with erasing single notes and finally move notes to different
instruments.

Ghost notes are hits with low velocity that can happen in the gaps. They
should have such a low level, that they won't catch your attention
directly. It's rather something you will only notice if it suddenly
disappears.

--
Thorsten Wilms

thorwil's design for free software:
http://thorwil.wordpress.com/

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[LAU] How to write beats, Chris McCormick, (Sun Apr 20, 3:59 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Mon Apr 21, 1:05 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Thu Apr 24, 2:13 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Thu Apr 24, 10:09 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Thu Apr 24, 8:01 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Chris McCormick, (Mon Apr 28, 3:25 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Mon Apr 28, 10:34 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Thu Apr 24, 9:27 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Thu Apr 24, 10:12 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Paul Coccoli, (Thu Apr 24, 4:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Chris Weber, (Thu Apr 24, 5:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Thu Apr 24, 6:35 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Thu Apr 24, 6:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Thu Apr 24, 7:27 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Mon Apr 21, 3:16 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 4:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Mon Apr 21, 6:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 9:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Justin Smith, (Mon Apr 21, 6:26 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Justin Smith, (Mon Apr 21, 6:30 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, luigi curzi, (Mon Apr 21, 7:37 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Justin Smith, (Mon Apr 21, 7:52 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Anders Dahnielson, (Mon Apr 21, 4:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Mon Apr 21, 6:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Anders Dahnielson, (Mon Apr 21, 4:43 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Stephen Cameron, (Mon Apr 21, 3:51 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Philippe Hezaine, (Mon Apr 21, 5:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, , (Sun Apr 20, 8:31 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Sun Apr 20, 8:34 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, luigi curzi, (Sun Apr 20, 8:46 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Folderol, (Sun Apr 20, 8:53 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Sun Apr 20, 1:47 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Chris McCormick, (Tue Apr 22, 2:11 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Ken Restivo, (Mon Apr 21, 2:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, frank pirrone, (Mon Apr 21, 10:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Ken Restivo, (Tue Apr 22, 1:12 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Sun Apr 20, 6:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Atte André Jensen, (Mon Apr 21, 6:44 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Mon Apr 21, 8:40 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 12:50 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, schoappied, (Mon Apr 21, 2:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 4:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 12:53 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Mon Apr 21, 12:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Hartmut Noack, (Sun Apr 20, 5:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Thorsten Wilms, (Sun Apr 20, 8:47 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Chris McCormick, (Tue Apr 22, 2:12 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Frank Barknecht, (Tue Apr 22, 9:55 am)
Re: [LAU] How to write beats, Leslie P. Polzer, (Sun Apr 20, 6:20 pm)