Off-beat (music)

Off-beat (music)

The Off-beat is a musical term commonly applied to rhythms that emphasize the weak beats of a bar. According to Grove Music, the “Offbeat” is [often] where the downbeat is replaced by a rest or is tied over from the preceding bar". cite web |title= Beat: Accentuation. (i) Strong and weak beats.|accessdate=2007-02-10 |url=|year= 2007 |work= |publisher=Grove Music Online |language=English] The downbeat can never be the off-beat because it is the strongest beat in 4/4 time. [cite web |title= Off-beat|url= |accessdate=2007-02-10 |year= 2007 |work= |publisher=Grove Music Online |language=English]

In music that progresses regularly in 4/4 time, the first beat of the bar is the strongest, the third is the next strongest, and the second and fourth are weaker; subdivisions (like eighth notes) of any of the beats are weaker than the main beats and if used frequently in a rhythm can make it off-beat.


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