like a flavorful spice, is a magic ingredient that can add a "kick"
to almost any musical style. It results from the deliberate shifts
of accent so that a rhythm goes against the steady beat. Because
these unusually placed accents feel "out of sync" with the regular
accents, they create rhythmic tension. The result is catchy and
pleasant, as in the ragtime music of Scott Joplin.
syncopation is found in the music of many cultures, it is characteristic
of music with strong African roots, such as ragtime, jazz, blues,
Afro-Cuban music, funk, and hip-hop. You will find it throughout
popular music of the twenty-first century.
In this activity, you will have the opportunity to work with a syncopated
blues rhythm. Be prepared to feel the beat from your hands to your
feet, and don't be afraid to move them!
this project, you will:
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