In music, syncopation involves a variety of
Syncopation is used in many musical styles, especially
Syncopation can also occur when a strong
4 measure or a
4 measure. The latter frequently occurs in tonal
Technically, "syncopation occurs when a temporary displacement of the regular metrical accent occurs, causing the emphasis to shift from a strong accent to a weak accent." "Syncopation is," however, "very simply, a deliberate disruption of the two- or three-beat stress pattern, most often by stressing an
In the following example, there are two points of syncopation where the third beats are carried over (sustained) from the second beats. In the same way, the first beat of the second bar is carried over from the fourth beat of the first bar.
However, whether it's a placed rest or an accented note, any point in a piece of music that moves your perspective of the downbeat is a point of syncopation because it's shifting where the strong and weak accents are built."
Whereas the notes are expected to fall on the beat:
Playing a note ever so slightly before, or after, a beat is another form of syncopation because this produces an unexpected accent:
It can be helpful to think of a 4
4 rhythm in
Anticipated bass is a
4 time, thus anticipating the third and first beats. This pattern is commonly known as the Afro-Cuban bass