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MUS 103
Michael Rowlett

Rhythm: the earliest and most basic of the building materials of music; “pulse” Beat: the basic rhythmic pulse of a musical piece Accents: strong beats; may be achieved by stress (striking a note harder or signing or playing it louder than adjacent tones), duration (holding a tone longer than those around it), or by position (placing a tone significantly higher or lower than others) I. Tempo a. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is performed b. Half notes are held twice as long as quarter notes, but specific duration depends on the tempo c. Metronome: an instrument that may be set to sound regular beats within a wide range of speeds from very fast to very slow Some common tempo indications: Chapter Rhythm 2 II. Meter a. Regularly occurring arrangement of strong and weak beast
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