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    A common rhythm I've noticed.

    A number of you may have noticed this already, but it seems that having three quarter notes in between two eighth notes is quite common, used a lot by Mozart, and occasionally by John Williams (mostly in the brass). A notable example of this is Mozart's 25th Symphony, it's used throughout most of the first movement, not in the brass though, but in the strings, despite being a rather awkward rhythm to play.

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    Re: A common rhythm I've noticed.

    I wasn't aware it was used in popular music. Anyone know if Peter Gabriel (that's what the pg stands for in my username btw) has used this rhythm?

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    Re: A common rhythm I've noticed.

    I can't think of any by PG, but the following oldies jump to mind:

    The Letter
    Love Her Madly

    at least in the rhythm section.

    Another common one in pop/rock has to be 2 dotted quarters followed by a single quarter note. It sets the kick after the snare on the on the first snare shot and with it on the second.

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    Re: A common rhythm I've noticed.

    I'm not sure what the last part meant, but thanks for the examples!

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    Re: A common rhythm I've noticed.

    What exactly do you mean by three quarter noter between two eighth notes?
    Oh, now I get it. You mean a syncopated accompaniment figure in 4/4 right?

    Quote Originally Posted by pgfan92 View Post
    A number of you may have noticed this already, but it seems that having three quarter notes in between two eighth notes is quite common, used a lot by Mozart, and occasionally by John Williams (mostly in the brass). A notable example of this is Mozart's 25th Symphony, it's used throughout most of the first movement, not in the brass though, but in the strings, despite being a rather awkward rhythm to play.

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    Re: A common rhythm I've noticed.

    Precisely, only that's just one form of syncopation, however, in the symphony I mentioned, this rhythm is in the main melody and the harmony's rhythm is rather straight forward.

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