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Syncopations

Exercies 1, 7 and 8 are perfect examples for learning what is syncopation. If you toe-tap along the quarter beats, you'll notice that many beats fall between two syllables leaving  many beats empty. This is what they call syncopation. More precisely the syncopation refers to tunes fragments that close between two beats. If a tune-fragment starts before the downbeat, it is called upbeat.

Syncopations are everywhere in popular music, while classical music makes spare use of it. The ragtime-era revolutionized the usage of them. To make syncopated rhythms more visual we are going to use beat maps instead of standard notation.

The "Who Needs You" example will look this way beat mapped:

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
* **** * ***** * ***** * * *