The Rhythm of Rock
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is the use of the shuffle rhythm in jazz. This means that the same rhythmic values (for example 8 eighth notes in 4/4 metre) can be played in jazz music with subtle shifts and these digressions enhance the relaxed feel of the music, its essence and easiness. Conversely, rock musicians accentuate the beat precisely, with the pulse still being on the second and fourth beat, or on the third.
The musical ideas of both jazz and rock were formed by the development of rhythmical and polyrhythmical patterns. The essential factors in creating rock patterns are dotted rhythm, the movement in triplets, and syncopation. These components came from European folk and stylised dances, were transformed into ← 13 | 14 → country music and domesticated American saloon music, and then into rhythm and blues and jazz. From there, they were imported into rock. While the rhythm of rock can easily be assimilated into the European perceptions of metre and its values, especially in its early stage, the perception of jazz rhythm is outside the European understanding of metre. In this sense, therefore, the traditional 2/4 and 4/4 metres are replaced by free interpretation of 2-beat or 4-beat metres. In rock, rhythmic patterns of the different styles, created by musicians, are incorporated into the traditional 2/4 and 4/4 meters. Thus, a metre that appears as 2/4 or 4/4 can be perceived ambiguously, either as a 3-beat metre or 6/8 metre, even though the pattern still gives the impression of a 2-beat or 4-beat...
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