THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RHYTHM & BEAT!

There is a difference between rhythm and the beat in music, it can be confusing. Now, it really doesn’t matter if you play an instrument or not. We are going to simply explain the difference between the two, rhythm vs. beat. A professional singer or pianist must have good rhythm.

The beat is a steady pulse that you can feel in the song; it is an element of rhythm. It would be the beat you want to tap your foot or clap your hands to the music. The song attached is Joss de Martino singing “The Show”. Notice, if you clap along to the song, you would clap every other word or every other piano chord you hear in the song.

The rhythm is music’s pattern in time. It exists even if there is no melody (like big band music). Rhythm has different elements: beat, tempo (how fast or slow) and the time value (time signature). A time signature is found at the beginning of a song.

The top number in the time signature is going to tell you what the count is in each measure. The song attached is a 4/4 time signature which means you will count 1-2-3-4 over and over in each measure. If a 3 is at the top of a time signature, it would be 1-2-3 (like a waltz). If a 2 is at the top, it would be 1-2 in every measure.

The rhythm in a song provides the backbone for the music. It is the way musicians connect while playing a song. All great bands have impeccable rhythm and musicality.

JOKE OF THE DAY:

How does a young man become a member of a high school chorus?
On the first day of school he turns into the wrong classroom.

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