The Unnamed Rhythm that Unites Modern Music

A simple note pattern can be heard all over music, yet can't be described without notating it or playing it. Here how it fits in to four examples of relatively modern music. Toto- Rosanna All American Rejects- Move Along System Of A Down - Aeriels The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun Have A Nice Day - Bon Jovi


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These five songs came from different decades different artists and different styles yet all of them share something in common and it's an important musical element. I would love to tell you what that element is, but I can it doesn't have a name which is very strange because in western music nearly everything gets a name from chords to scales instruments or genres even frequency space, but when it comes to rhythmic patterns, we seem to have a deficiency in our vocabulary.

So instead of telling you about this wondrous Rhythm. I'm just going to have to show you.

Try counting these numbers out loud. One, two, three, one, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three four Now accent the number one by counting it louder than the other numbers. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three, all of these groupings add up to 16 1 and in music, we often take measures of music and divide them into 16 equal beats and call them 16th. Notes won't meanwhile the pulse of the song the part that you dance to her head bang to occurs on every four sixteenth notes will imply this pulse by placing a kick drum on every one of those be One two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, four. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three four. Well now as you can hear the back and forth between our steady kick drum beat and are accented Rhythm creates a pretty interesting rhythm with some strange properties. Why in this Rhythm can be heard in music spanning Across decades want for example, here it is and move along by All-American Rejects with the Tom's playing our unnameable Rhythm and the kick drum providing our steady pulse.

And here it is in Rosanna by Toto with the kick drum performance. During our unnamable Rhythm and the hi-hats providing the steady beat underneath and once again in Aerials by System of a Down the same kind of idea, but this time the guitar backs up the odd grouping with its Passage.

Now sometimes our steady quarter note is completely disregarded so we can focus on the accented Rhythm pattern instead. We hear this in Bon Jovi's. Have a nice day. Have a nice day.

And as well in Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, this is all right.

Now if we examine this Rhythm a little closer, we'll see some interesting cross Play Between the accents and the quarter note. In fact, the first twelve notes are evenly divided by 3 beats and evenly divided by four beats and this creates what is known as a three to four polyrhythm now a three to four Polyrhythm can sound very disorienting confusing and not that Pleasant if it continues forward.

But here in our example, we only have the polyrhythm occurring once followed by a single quarter note, and I personally think that's part of why this Rhythm work so well, it's simplistic and for for in easy to listen to but still provide some of the interesting and complex layers that are inherent to Polly rhythms. And I also think it's fairly sad that this Rhythm doesn't have its own name like its cousin the Bo Diddley beat which is essentially just a grouping of three 3 4 2 & 4 There are a few other rhythmic patterns that did earn the right to be named such as four-on-the-floor the boom chick Rhythm and the hemiola, but I'm still left with no way to describe this particular Rhythm besides literally just spelling it out for you for dotted eighth notes and one quarter note and I'm also going to claim that we won't see this rhythm going away anytime soon. In fact, I've heard it on the rise, especially in dance music. It's a very easy Rhythm to apply and I'd encourage you to try it out yourself. If you have the resources try taking a few diatonic chords and putting them down in this Rhythm pattern in Sort of order that you like then lay a 4/4 drumbeat underneath and finally sing some whispery vocal fry lyrics on top and see what you get.


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