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In music, some parts of the measure are naturally accented.  Naturally accented beats are called strong beats.  In 4/4 time, beats 1 and 3 are strong beats. Beats 2 and 4 are called weak beats.  Eighth notes that fall between the beats are even weaker.

Syncopation is created when a rhythm places emphasis on a naturally weak part of a measure.  This is usually done by having a note on a weak beat, but not the following strong beat.

mouse Hover your mouse over the sample below to view the syncopated counting.

Click to the left to count and clap along. There will be a 4 beat intro.



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